Telegraph, Mescal fires burn 100K acres in Ariz.

The Telegraph Fire burns Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Globe, Ariz. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has called a special session of the Legislature to boost wildfire funding as two large wildfires burn in south-central Arizona. (AP Photo/Mark Henle, Pool)

The Telegraph Fire burns Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Globe, Ariz. Arizona. (AP Photo/Mark Henle, Pool)

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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.

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.

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