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Telegraph Fire

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Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Telegraph Fire Information
Phone: 480-608-2054
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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Phone: 949-573-5408
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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The Telegraph Fire on the Globe Ranger District is less than one mile from Top-of-the-World.  It is currently estimated at 177,295 acres and is 67 percent contained. The fire was reported at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4.  The cause is under investigation. 

Firefighters are protecting values in Top-of-the-World, Superior, Claypool, Miami, and Globe, Bellevue, El Capitan, Beverly Hills, Dripping Springs, and several other communities.  Another primary goal is keeping the fire south of U.S. 60 and protecting public and private property and infrastructure.  The safety of firefighters and the public is always the highest priority.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman-under Investigation
Date of OriginFriday June 04th, 2021 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationOne and a half miles southeast of Superior
Incident CommanderBales Type 1 SWIMT2
Coordinates33.209 latitude, -111.092 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel915
Size177,295 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained67%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday June 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 ft.)

Brush (2 feet)


The fire has primarily been carried by copious amounts of cured grass/brush in the lower and middle elevations.

- GR2; low load dry grass (Sonoran desert grass, cacti, scattered short brush)

- GS2: moderate load grass, short manzanita, mesquite

Significant Events





Majority of fire activity overnight and throughout the burn period was comprised of flanking and backing fire from the crest along the Dripping Springs Mountains downslope to the south.

On the East side of Hwy 77, fire continued actively moving downslope in a series of rugged canyons and draws. West of Hwy 77, fire continued to hold on Dripping Springs Road, slowly moved south in Elder Gulch toward Ray Mine, and a green island of vegetation began actively burning near Government Springs.


Planned Actions

Hold, monitor and secure fire in unburned areas near Top of the World, the Highway 60 corridor and holding features south of Miami and Globe.

Coordinate with cooperators to assess damage to communications infrastructure on Pinal and Signal peaks.

Continue to scout and identify holding lines to the South where resources will have a high probability of success to meet tactical objectives.

Utilize Mescal contingency lines to limit growth to the South and East.

ID road systems and terrain features to keep fire north of the 177 corridor.

Coordinate with IA response with Globe Ranger District resources.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Fire southwest of Government Springs will continue to grow west towards an area which burned last week during the initial several days of the Telegraph wind-driven northeasterly fire growth. Southerly growth towards Ray Mine along Elder Gulch. East of Highway 77, fire growth will be southerly, but inconsistent due to inconsistent fuels.

24 hours:

Inconsistent southerly flanking and backing fire in brush under light wind conditions primarily east of Hwy 77. The fire south of Government Springs will likely connect to previously burned areas and self-extinguish. Southerly growth connecting to Ray Mine and flanking fire southeast towards Kane Spring Canyon.

48 hours:

Inconsistent flanking and backing fire in brush under light wind conditions moving downslope east of Hwy 77. This fire will approach an unnamed two-track north of the Gila River east of Hwy 77.

72 hours:

Uncontained fire east of Hwy 77 will approach an unnamed two-track north of the Gila River.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Uncontained fire east of Hwy 77 will approach un unnamed two-track north of the Gila River.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure will drift southwest across Arizona through Saturday. This will end the easterly moisture flow over the fire area and end the threat for thunderstorms by Saturday evening.

Temperatures will continue to be hot with an Excessive Heat Warning in effect below 5,000 feet through Sunday evening.

A trough of low pressure along the West Coast will bring increasing westerly winds Saturday afternoon. The winds could reach critical fire weather levels on Sunday (sustained 20 miles per hour with gusts to 35 miles per hour).

Moisture may start to return from the south Tuesday and Wednesday.