PHOENIX – Three ongoing wildfires have consumed more than 150,000 acres and prompted evacuations and road closures in central and northern Arizona.
On Wednesday, Governor Doug Ducey declared an emergency to free up funds to fight the Telegraph and the nearby Mescal fires, which are consuming desert brush east of the Phoenix area.
This Thursday, Governor Doug Ducey will hold a Globe press conference tomorrow to provide the latest information on the Telegraph and Mescal fires in Pinal and Gila counties.
Ducey issued Emergency Declarations in response to the two fires, making up to $ 400,000 available for firefighting efforts.
The Mescal fire started June 1 about 12 miles southeast of Globe in Gila County. The cause remains under investigation.
Hundreds of firefighters work to fight the fire.
The Telegraph Fire has affected the 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 has not been determined, but it is being investigated as an arson incident.
The Slate Fire was detected on June 7 about 20 miles northwest of Flagstaff, west of US 180. The cause remains under investigation.