Here’s the latest on Arizona’s Mescal, Telegraph and Slate fires
PHOENIX – Three ongoing wildfires have consumed more than 160,000 acres and led to evacuations and road closures in central and northern Arizona.
Here’s the latest on the status and impact of the Mescal and Telegraph fires east of the Phoenix area and the Slate Fire north of Flagstaff:
The Mescal Fire started June 1 about 12 miles southeast of Globe in Gila County. The cause remains under investigation.
As of Saturday morning, the fire had consumed 72,250 acres with 82% containment, authorities said, with 342 personnel assigned. It was the same size with 77% containment in the previous report, released Thursday evening.
No related evacuation orders remain active.
U.S. 60 between Superior and Miami remained closed until Friday evening due to the Mescal and Telegraph fires.
The Telegraph Fire has been burning an area south and east of Superior across the Pinal and Gila County line since June 4 and has become the ninth-largest wildfire in state history. The exact origin of the fire hasn’t been determined, but it’s being investigated as a human-caused incident.
As of Saturday night, it had consumed 87,119 acres and burned 20 structures, and was 76% contained, authorities said, with 990 personnel assigned. It was 87,078 acres with 45% containment in the previous report.
Evacuation orders for residents of Top-of-the-World were lifted on Saturday morning.
The Slate Fire was detected June 7 about 20 miles northwest of Flagstaff, west of U.S. 180. The cause remains under investigation.
By Saturday morning it had consumed 6,587 acres with 20% containment, authorities said, with about 149 personnel assigned. In the previous report, released Thursday morning, the size was 6,248 acres with 17% containment.
U.S. 180 is closed from Cedar Ranch to Kendrick Park, so travelers heading to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff will need to take State Route 64 north from Williams.
No structures have been lost. Crews have focused protection efforts on Cedar Ranch and the area’s archaeological sites.