UPDATED 3:42 PM PT – Friday, June 11, 2021
Arizona’s governor has declared an emergency as two wildfires continue to rage in the state. Recent reports said both the Telegraph Fire and the Mescal Fire have so far burned more than 100,000 acres.
The Telegraph Fire, now described as the ninth biggest fire in the history of Arizona, is at about 40 percent containment. Meanwhile, the Mescal Fire is at around 25 percent containment.
I am calling a special session to make sure we have the resources needed to contain current wildfires, possible flooding, and any other natural disasters that arise from this emergency. #TelegraphFire #MescalFire 1/
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) June 10, 2021
A burnout operation was carried out by crews overnight in efforts to remove vegetation and potential fuels for the fire. “This fire has really pushed us hard over the last few days,” said Telegraph Fire Incident Commander David Bales.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R-Ariz.) emergency declaration frees up around $400,000 for response efforts. Several communities remain under evacuation orders with others being told they need to be ready to leave their homes.