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Telegraph Fire enters top 10 list of largest wildfires in Arizona history

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PHOENIX — The Telegraph Fire burning near Globe has grown to 76,260 acres as of Tuesday night, making it the 10th-largest wildfire in Arizona history.

It reached 84,860 acres Wednesday evening, passing the 2003 Aspen Fire for ninth place.

The Telegraph Fire is still ways off from the No. 8 Willow Fire, which consumed 119,500 acres in 2004.

The blaze was fueled by copious amounts of cured grass and brush in the lower and middle elevations, according to InciWeb.

The origin of the Telegraph Fire is under investigation but has been determined to be human-caused.

The largest wildfire in Arizona history was the Wallow Fire in 2011, which burned 522,000 acres, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross.

Two wildfires entered the top 10 in state history last year, the Bush Fire (No. 5 at 193,000 acres) and the Bighorn Fire (No. 7 at 119,500 acres).

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