PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey Wednesday issued two Declarations of Emergency in response to the Telegraph and Mescal fires in Pinal and Gila counties, making available up to $400,000 for response efforts.
The State of Emergency follows the governor’s Sunday request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a Fire Management Assistance Grant. FEMA approved the request the same day and will provide significant federal assistance for the local and state costs.
“Firefighters and safety officials have been working around the clock to protect Arizonans, and we need to make sure they have the support they need to successfully fight the wildfires in Pinal and Gila counties,” Ducey said in a press release.
Ducey said he issued Declarations of Emergency so responders will have the necessary resources to protect people, pets and property — and said they will continue to work closely with local officials to ensure the needs of those communities are met.
"Arizonans must take the threat of wildfires seriously and follow all safety precautions during these dry months, including following evacuation orders. I’m grateful to everyone working to protect Arizonans this wildfire season.”
The Telegraph Fire as of Wednesday morning had burned 76,260 acres of federal, state and private land, triggering the deployment of an Interagency Type 1 Incident Management Team. The fire started on Friday and is located south of U.S. 60 between Superior and Miami. Multiple evacuations have been ordered and road closures are in place.
The Mescal Fire had burned 70,067 acres in Gila County. An Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team has been deployed to the fire, which started on June 1 and is located south of U.S. 70 between Globe and Peridot. Most evacuated residents on the San Carlos Apache Reservation were allowed to return home Tuesday, but partial road closures remain on State Route 77 and U.S. 70.