Arizona Wildfire Burns at Least Five Structures, Including Two Homes
June 9, 2021
Source: The Weather Channel
Approximate impacted areas:
-Globe (Gila County, 85501, 85502)
– Miami (Gila County, 85539)
– Pine (Gila County, 85544)
-Top-Of-The-World (Gila, Pinal Counties, 85539)
NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
At a Glance
- The Telegraph Fire has burned more than 126 square miles and continues to spread.
- Two homes and three outbuildings have been destroyed.
- Arizona, like much of the West, is experiencing drought.
- After a long, strenuous day fighting back flames, Arizona firefighters finally stopped the forward progress on a fire that forced the evacuation of an entire community and destroyed multiple structures.
A wildfire that has burned nearly 120 square miles in central Arizona has destroyed two homes and three outbuildings as it continues to spread.
As firefighters continue to battle the Telegraph Fire near the town of Superior, Arizona, they’re running into problems with the public entering closed areas and their own equipment creating sparks in the extremely dry brush.
“Even our own fire equipment is starting fires,” Dean McAlister, a fire information officer, said during a briefing Tuesday night. “The blades and the tracks of the (heavy equipment) sparking against the fuels have actually created some fires along the fire line.”
Crews have been able to extinguish the small fires as they happen, CNN reported. Because of the possibility of sparking new fires, officials pleaded with residents and others not to drive into closed areas.
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