Aerials of Telegraph Fire burning near Superior

SUPERIOR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – With the words, “Let the clean up begin,” the Town of Superior tweeted that Mayor Mila Besich has signed a declaration of emergency to ensure the town gets what it needs to recover from the Telegraph Fire, which firefighters continue to battle in eastern Arizona.

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“The fire came dangerously close to our community,” Besich said in a news release.

Gov. Doug Ducey toured the area Thursday ahead of calling for a special session so the Legislature could boost wildfire funding. The session would focus specifically on wildfires in our state rather than the ongoing budget battle. It’s not clear how much money Ducey will request.

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“The flames may be dying out but the cleanup and post-fire flooding will create a new level of work for the Town and surrounding areas,” the news release about the emergency declaration reads. Besich’s move means Superior can get state resources, including personnel and equipment, to deal with the Telegraph Fire and its aftermath.

“We look forward to working with Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature I the special session that has been convened to address these fires,” the news release reads.

Earlier in the week, Ducey declared state of emergency for both the Telegraph and Mescal fires, which are burning several miles apart. The state-level declarations open the door to a possible grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Besich, who has been the mayor since 2017, also is encouraging people to visit Superior and the Copper Corridor area, saying that businesses are open and ready for residents and visitors alike.

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