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. Over 157,000 acres have burned between both wildfires. Below are quick facts on both fires to help streamline information to those who need it.

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: 86,529
  • Containment: 38%
  • Cause: Human, under investigation
  • Location: Less than 1 mile from Top-of-the-World
  • Structures burned: 20
  • Personnel assigned to fire: 965
Telegraph Fire 45% contained, 87,078 acres burned

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

  • All Miami, Arizona residents west of the Miami town limits
  • Schultz Ranch
  • Macky's Camp
  • Lower Central Heights - Russel Road from Coyote Trail through Russel Gulch
  • Ice House Canyon, Kellner Canyon, Six Shooter Canyon (Community Center south)
  • The eastside of El Capitan

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

  • All Miami residents on the south side of Highway 60 from Dairy Canyon to Mackey's Camp

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

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

  • All of Miami
  • Claypool homes on the south side of U.S. 60 from 60/188 junction west through Miami
  • Little Acres
  • Russell Road/Russell Gulch
  • Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center
  • Claypool, on the southside of Highway 60 from the 60/188 junction to Miami.
  • Central Heights area between the 188 junctions to De Marcos. This includes Central Heights, Little Acres, Miami Gardens and Cooper Country Mobile Home Park
  • South Globe, all area south Highway 60 and Highway 70 from De Marcos to the 70-77 junction.
  • Westside of El Capitan and Dripping Springs
  • Top-of-the-World
  • Oak Flats campground

Mescal Fire

  • Acres burned: 72,250
  • Containment: 36%
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Origin: 12 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona
  • Structures burned: 0
  • Personnel assigned to fire: 542
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 State Postal Service announced Tuesday morning 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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