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Telegraph Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

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

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

Highlighted Activity

SR 77 is closed in both directions between US 70 and SR 177 in Winkelman, due to the Telegraph Fire.  That is the road that connects Globe and Winkleman. There is no estimated time to reopen the...
Announcement - 06/13/2021
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The #TelegraphFire on the Globe Ranger District is less than 1 mile from Top-of-the-World and currently estimated at 87,78 acres.

Active fire activity burning in timber with grass and understory, brush and timber with litter and understory, has warranted numerous evacuation status alerts.

Firefighters are protecting values in Top of the World, Superior, Claypool, Miami and Globe. Another primary goal is keeping the fire south of U.S. 60 and protecting public and private property, infrastructure, firefighter and public safety as the fire threatens them.

This is a fast moving and dynamic fire.
 During emergency incidents it’s a natural and generous desire to wish to help and support the responders. In order to be most effective, please check with the intended receiving organization to ensure the item(s) are needed or what would be most useful. Federal responders are well supplied with food, water, and other supplies and are not in need of donations. Organizations such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, volunteer fire departments, etc. are good groups to support; again, please check with them prior to arriving with items. Thank you. We cannot accept donations at the Incident Command Post.

There are evacuation centers at High Desert Middle School in Globe and at Skyline High School in Mesa.

Large animal sheltering is currently available at the Birch Stockyard at 2822 N Hwy 188 in Globe and the Apache Junction Rodeo grounds.

Please follow Pinal County Sherriff’s Office for evacuation updates at and the Gila County Sheriff's Office for evacuation updates at

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (Bales) assumed responsibility of the Telegraph Fire early Sunday morning and over 900 fire personnel are fighting this fire. Fire personnel and fire traffic will continue to be noticeable in the area.

The fire was reported around 1:30 pm Friday, June 4; its cause is under investigation. 

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 Personnel971
Size88,589 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained74%
Estimated Containment DateSunday June 20th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

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

- TU5; very high load, dry climate timber/shrub (ponderosa pine, oak, aspen)

- SH7; very high load chaparral (manzanita and oak brush)

- TL3; Ponderosa pine litter

Significant Events



Uphill Runs


Fire remained active throughout the night as humidity recovery only reached 10%. Fire continued actively backing down ridges and drainages on the northern, eastern, and southern aspects of Pinal Mountain. In the early afternoon, fire spotted east of Pioneer Pass road, became established at the base of East Mountain, and made a crown fire run to the top of East Mountain. Weather conditions remain conducive for extreme fire behavior to continue in Pioneer Basin, Mill Creek, and Sixshooter Canyon through the overnight hours.


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.

Identify suppression repair needs and equipment in un-staffed divisions.

Construct and prep holding lines south and east of Pinal Peak where resources will have High probability of success meeting tactical objectives.

Improve and hold Highway 77. Continues to scout and identify holding lines.

Coordinate with IA response with Globe Ranger District resources.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Fire will continue spreading to the north, east, and south from Pinal Mountain.

Easterly growth will likely spread downslope over East Mountain and into Arrastra Canyon.

Fire will spread through Sixshooter Canyon and Icehouse Canyon through the pine, but slow considerably when moving from pine into much younger manzanita.

Southerly growth into Pioneer Basin and southwesterly growth towards the FS651 road.

24 hours:

Another night of extremely poor humidity recovery and light winds will allow fire to maintain momentum overnight and into the following day.

Fire will spread through the pine atop East Mountain but slow as fuel changes occur at the lower elevations to the east and north.

The fire within Sixshooter and Icehouse Canyons will also enter fuel transitions into less receptive young brush.

Westerly growth will likely connect to the main Telegraph Fire along the 222FS651 road.

Fire will continue to aggressively pulse within Pioneer Basin without establishing a consistent direction of sustained growth.

48 hours:

Uncontained fire will likely be established solely within brush fuels in lower elevations where inconsistent growth is anticipated.

Light winds and less severe topography will combine to significantly slow rates of spread, and growth will be based primarily on fuel availability and flammability.

72 hours:

Continued inconsistent flanking and backing fire in brush under light wind conditions

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Continued inconsistent flanking and backing fire in brush under light wind conditions.


The fire is also burning in Gila County

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure will continue to bring very hot temperatures to the fire area this week. There is an Excessive Heat Warning until 2000 PM Friday for the fire area. The center of the high will drift near the Four Corners this week which will bring an easterly flow over the fire. This will start to transport mid-level moisture westward which will lead to more clouds, virga showers, dry thunderstorms, and eventually the possibility of rain by the end of the week. Any storm that does form has the potential for strong gusty winds and dry lightning.