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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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Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory

Telegraph Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 6/17/2021

 Subject:   Severe to exceptional drought accompanied by near record heat & very dry conditions is causing explosive fire behavior potential in available fuels. Discussion:   Multi-year drought conditions across the Southwest Area were worsened by the first failed monsoon in twenty years in 2020, which led to very low fuel moisture values and a lack of fine fuels growth leading into the 2021 fire season.  However, 2019 was very wet with a robust monsoon season that produced an abundance of fine fuels and some of that remains as carryover.  With near record June heat in place, the combined situation is one of near historically dry and flammable dead and live fuels worsened by pockets of above normal carryover fine fuels.
 Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory