Telegraph and Mescal Fires

GILA COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizonans living near Superior, Miami, and Globe in Pinal and Gila counties are facing evacuations or are being told to be ready due to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires. Nearly 240,000 acres have burned between both wildfires. Below are quick facts on both fires to help streamline information to those who need it.

On Tuesday morning, the Telegraph and Mescal fires officially merged as a result of a successful burnout operation. Later that week, crews announced a Type Two fire crew had been ordered to assist in the firefight.

The Telegraph Fire forced a rancher to leave behind cattle and horses after she was given just 30 minutes to evacucate

The Gila County Health and Emergency Management have activated the call center for shelter information. The call center can be reached at 928-910-4009 option 4. For information on the Mescal Fire call 602-428-5397 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information on the Telegraph Fire call 480-608-2054 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Telegraph Fire:

  • Acres burned: 176,122 
  • Containment: 72%
  • Cause: Human, under investigation
  • Location: South of Superior
  • Structures burned: 22
  • Personnel assigned to fire: 953

The Gila County Sheriff's Office announced a "GO" (evacuate immediately) notification for the following residents:

  • Dripping Springs
  • Wind Spirit
  • Hagen Ranch
  • Slash S Ranch
  • Government Springs

The Gila County Sheriff's Office updated the following areas to a "SET" status - meaning residents are able to return home, if desired.

  • Bellevue
  • Beverly Hills
  • Six Shooter
  • Ice House

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office updated the following areas to a "Ready" status - meaning residents are able to return home, if desired.

  • Ray Mine
  • Riverside
  • Kearny
  • Winkleman 
  • Hayden 
  • Top-of-the-World
  • Oak Flats


Mescal Fire

  • Acres burned: 72,250
  • Containment: 88%
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Origin: 12 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona
  • Structures burned: 0
  • Personnel assigned to fire: 285
Neighborhoods near Globe evacuated due to Mescal Fire; 52,887 acres burned

A "SET" (prepare/be ready to evacuate) notification was issued for the following areas: 

  • Residents of El Capitan living on the east and west side of State Route 77
  • Beverly Hills
  • T11 Ranch

Arizona's Family viewer captures video from Globe showing the Telegraph Fire and Mescal Fire nearby:

Arizona's Family viewer Pam Trobaugh captured video from Globe showing both the Telegraph Fire and Mescal Fire.

USPS suspends service

The United States Postal Service announced that it "has implemented an emergency suspension of the Globe, Miami, Claypool, San Carlos, Bylas, and Peridot Post Offices effective immediately" because of the Telegraph and Mescal fires. Those buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Retail and P.O. Box operations moving until further notice

Customers from the affected towns can mail items, buy stamps or pick up parcels at the alternate Post Office listed below during regular business hours. USPS stressed that the closures are temporary, but it's not clear how long they will be in place.

Globe, Miami, and Claypool -- Payson Post Office, 100 W. Frontier St., Payson 85541

  • Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Sunday, closed

San Carlos, Bylas, and Peridot -- Safford Post Office, 504 S. 5th Ave., Safford 85546

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Sunday, closed

For more information about postal products and services, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or visit the Postal Service online at

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