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US Arizona fires: Telegraph and Mescal wildfires continue to grow

01:50  09 june  2021
01:50  09 june  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Arizona fires: Telegraph and Mecscal wildfires force evacuations and burn tens of thousands of acres

  Arizona fires: Telegraph and Mecscal wildfires force evacuations and burn tens of thousands of acres Two wildfires burning Sunday in the hills and mountains of eastern Arizona have scorched more than 60,000 acres and prompted evacuation orders for hundreds of people, officials said. © KNXV The Telegraph Fire burns in eastern Arizona on Saturday. One -- the Telegraph Fire -- has burned more than 34,300 acres in and near the southern edge of Tonto National Forest, some 60 miles east of Phoenix, since starting Friday afternoon, officials wrote on the national InciWeb wildfire information system.

Two large wildfires in eastern Arizona continue to grow , but there was progress with one of the blazes in reducing the threat to nearby communities, officials said Tuesday.

The Telegraph Fire and the Mescal Fire burned more than 170 square miles over the weekend. - Articles from The Weather Channel | weather.com. Firefighters appeared to have the upper hand on one of two major wildfires burning in central Arizona on Tuesday but the other continued to spread. The growth of the Mescal Fire , burning southeast of Globe, Arizona , was slowed on Monday, according to Wildfire Today. It was 23% contained Tuesday morning after consuming almost 103 square miles, according to Inciweb.

Two large wildfires in eastern Arizona continue to grow, but there was progress with one of the blazes in reducing the threat to nearby communities, officials said Tuesday.

a large mountain in the background: Smoke from the Telegraph Fire hangs over the towns of Globe and Miami, Arizona, on Monday, June 7. © Mark Henle/The Republic/Imagn Smoke from the Telegraph Fire hangs over the towns of Globe and Miami, Arizona, on Monday, June 7.

The Telegraph Fire has burned 71,756 acres and the Mescal Fire has scorched 66,913 acres, according to the Interagency Incident Information Center.

While the Mescal Fire has grown since Monday, authorities told some residents on the San Carlos Apache Reservation they could return home.

"Firefighters have been successful in reducing the fire threat to important infrastructure, resources and communities," fire officials said.

Arizona Republican Votes With Dems to Block Tax Cut As Family Evacuates Home Amid Fire

  Arizona Republican Votes With Dems to Block Tax Cut As Family Evacuates Home Amid Fire State Rep. David Cook accused GOP leadership of forcing the vote when they were aware that they lacked the votes. "Just got word at my house that they are asking us to evacuate," he tweeted. "I was brought away from my home to vote on bills that did not have the votes in the house or senate on purpose to be on record." Just got word at my house that they are asking us to evacuate. I was brought away from my home to vote on bills that did not have the votes in the house or senate on purpose to be on record. pic.twitter.

The Telegraph and Mescal fires in Arizona have burned more than 100000 acres combined, and fire officials have gained little containment. Because the Telegraph and Mescal fires continue to threaten areas near Pinal and Gila counties Growing AZ Wildfire Prompts New Evacuation Orders.

FAST FACTS: Mescal Fire , Telegraph Fire scorching thousands of acres east of the Valley. Hundreds in Arizona people are evacuating Sunday night as the wildfires continue to creep into populated The Telegraph and Mescal fires in Arizona have combined to burn more than 100000 acres Telegraph Fire threatens Superior, Mescal Fire grows to more than 38,000 acres, prompts

The blaze, the cause of which is under investigation, is 23% contained.

Officials said the hot, dry conditions will help the fire continue to spread.

The Telegraph Fire, burning since last week, is 0% contained.

"Firefighters continue around-the-clock efforts to protect communities and other values at risk from the fast-growing Telegraph Fire," according to a post on a Facebook page set up for the fire.

The Gila County Emergency Management agency is giving away N95 masks to individuals in nearby areas that are sensitive to smoke, according to a post on the Facebook page.

Officials think the fire was started by a person but are still investigating the cause.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in either fire.

Top senators press Biden to do more on forest management to counter wildfires .
Sens. Joe Manchin and John Barrasso, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, are calling on President Joe Biden to expand forest management ahead of what is expected to be another severe wildfire season. © Provided by Washington Examiner Biden’s proposal in his fiscal year 2022 budget for “robust funding” for forest thinning and reforestation, two tactics to help prevent and reduce the severity of wildfires, isn’t enough to address the gap in forest management, the West Virginia Democrat and the Wyoming Republican wrote in a letter made public Tuesday.

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