Telegraph Fire Continues to Grow

The #TelegraphFire on the Globe Ranger District is less than 1 mile from Top-of-the-World and currently estimated at 71,756 acres. Extreme fire activity burning in mostly shrub and grass, 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, firefighter and public safety as the fire threatens them. It is a fast moving and dynamic fire.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center 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

The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (Bales) assumed responsibility of the Telegraph Fire early Sunday morning and additional resources continue to be assigned to the fire. An increase in fire personnel and fire traffic will be noticeable in the area.

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