SIT REP 5 — JUNE 9, 2021 — PM POST

INCIDENT SUMMARY — A wildfire named the TELEGRAPH FIRE is located off of Highway 177, about five miles south of Superior on the south end of Old Telegraph Canyon. It was one mile away from the town of Top-of-the-World but is now less than this distance.

The fire was reported on Friday, June 4th around 1330 hours MT, according to Fire Officials.

Burning vegetation during a burnout operation in the Oak Flat area on the Telegraph Fire.
Credit: USFS – Tonto NF

CAUSE — Human caused. Exact ignition is under investigation.

FIRE BEHAVIOR — Very active with flanking and is wind-driven.

CURRENT STATUS — 84,860 acres of grass, chaparral and woody fire fuels. 34% containment status.

Fire is established in the Russell Gulch is flanking to the east to the Forest Service Road 651 through the late morning and early afternoon. Burnout operations in effect to protect the communications tower along Signal Peak on Pinal Mountain.

Air resources are dropping fire retardant but fire is burning through check lines due to low RH and if left not firmly reinforced, says the US Forest Service officials.

Fire is expected to cross over FS Road 651 and into the 2017 Pinal Fire scar. Winds are due to pick up as well. In the next 48 hours, fire is likely to approach Pioneer Pass road on the east side of Pinal Mountain and continue filling in the 2017 Pinal Fire scar.

The fire is also burning in Gila County.

RESOURCES — Lead Fire Agency: USFS. 923 total personnel. IC/Bales, an Type 1, SW IMT 2.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — USFS, Tonto NF, Globe RD, Red Cross, High Desert Middle School, Apache Junction Rodeo facility, Pinal County Sheriff Office.

EVACATIONS — BE READY for Town of Superior and Battle Ax area. GO NOW! Top-of-the-World and Oak Flat campground. Listen/follow PCSO Facebook Page —

Telegraph Fire behavior is very active
Credit: USFS – Tonto NF

COST-TO-DATE — $5.1 Million.


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