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UPDATE: Telegraph Fire grows to more than 180,000 acres, 87% contained

Crews from the Arizona Fire and Medical Authority work on the Telegraph Fire on Tuesday, June 8.
Crews from the Arizona Fire and Medical Authority work on the Telegraph Fire on Tuesday, June 8.(Arizona Fire and Medical Authority)
Published: Jun. 5, 2021 at 2:25 PM MST|Updated: 5 hours ago
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Telegraph Fire burning north of Tucson has scorched more than 180,000 acres as of Tuesday, June 22.

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The human-caused Telegraph Fire on the Globe Ranger District is 87% contained. It sparked south of Superior and burned to the northeast toward Globe.

At least five structures have been lost and more than 900 personnel are battling the blaze, including crews from the Northwest Fire, Green Valley and Rincon Valley fire districts.

The fire was reported on June 4.

Meanwhile to the east, the Mescal Fire, first reported on June 1 southeast of Globe, is 100% contained as of Saturday, June 19. It burned 72,250 acres.

The cause of the Mescal Fire remains under investigation and around 20 personnel are assigned to the fire in southern Gila County.

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