Two large wildfires are raging in Arizona, U.S., over the past couple of days, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. The first one, Telegraph Fire, has so far spread through 16 636 ha (41 109 acres) and the other -- Mescal Fire, 20 084 ha (49 631 acres) as of Monday, June 7, 2021.
The Telegraph Fire has been raging south of Superior since Friday afternoon, June 4, and is now near the southern edge of Tonto National Forest.
An evacuation has been ordered for residents in the area of Top-of-the-World, a community of around 250 inhabitants, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Sunday, June 6.
"If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further," it warned.
As of Monday, the Telegraph Fire has burned 16 636 ha (41 109 acres), according to InciWeb.
.@apsFYI update regarding #TelegraphFire that has been growing in a large area between Superior & @city_globe The need to de-energize power lines in the area will be based on rapidly evolving fire activity & in coordination w/ fire personnel— Richard Rosales (@APS_Rich) June 7, 2021
: Bryan Goslin pic.twitter.com/Qtc40OoSMc
Yes, the #TelegraphFire has breeched the Pinals to our side of town, particularly Miami, breaks my heart to visibly see my beloved mountains burning and so many in the path of this fire pic.twitter.com/Oqf1ep32uK— Valerie Castaneda (@DesertRoseKnots) June 7, 2021
The second blaze, Mescal Fire, started on June 1 southeast of Globe and northeast of Drippings Springs.
On Saturday, June 5, the fire prompted authorities to evacuate people on the side of State Route 77 near El Capitan, as well as the Soda Canyon near San Carlos Lake. El Capitan is a community of about 4 800 people. It wasn't confirmed how many people were evacuated.
Evacuation orders included the area of San Carlos High School, according to the tribal emergency response commission.
Mescal has scorched 20 084 ha (49 631 acres).
No casualties or injuries have been reported so far, and the causes of both fires are under investigation.
Officials noted that winds and dry conditions, including dry grass and shrubs, have helped generated the flames.
The #TelegraphFire continues to grow near the town of Superior. @SedonaFD currently has 2 personnel assigned to this fire, along with additional personnel assigned to the #MescalFire.— Sedona Fire District (@SedonaFD) June 6, 2021
courtesy: @azfamily @12News #SedonaFD #SedonaFire @TontoForest #aztraffic #azwx #Sedona pic.twitter.com/nqmcr8zq25
This GOES-16 satellite imagery shows the smoke plumes moving east from the #MescalFire and #TelegraphFire in Gila and Pinal Counties.— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) June 6, 2021
The latest smoke outlook for these fires can be accessed here: https://t.co/8Z7i1tmsBB#azwx #azfire pic.twitter.com/KZ4fUpH6Mi
Featured image credit: Sedona Fire District