Telegraph Fire prompts another round of evacuations

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Telegraph Fire Information: A tanker drops retardant on the Telegraph Fire. As of Tuesday, the fire has grown to 123,078 acres with 68% containment.

Blaze now at 123,078 acres and down to 68% containment

By Jon Johnson

GILA COUNTY – The windswept Telegraph Fire jumped a containment line Monday and initiated the evacuation of the communities in El Capitan, Dripping Springs, Wind Spirit, Hagen Ranch, Slash S Ranch, Government Springs, and Beverly Hills. The fire also caused the closure of State Route 77 again, as the fire crossed the roadway.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was listed at 123,078 acres, with 68% containment. The fire has burned 22 structures and is now listed as the sixth-largest wildfire in Arizona’s history.  

More than 1,000 personnel are battling the fire, which began June 1 south of Superior and has been deemed to be human-caused.