SUPERIOR — A break in the weather is helping firefighters contain and slow the growth of the Telegraph Fire.
As of Tuesday morning, the fire was 87% contained and had burned a total of 180,685 acres. On Monday, fire officials listed the fire as 67% contained at 180,685 acres. The fire started on June 4 south of Superior and has burned 52 structures. It is believed to be human-caused.
Fire crews are monitoring the growth of the fire to the southeast near Mescal Mountain and will have aircraft dropping water on the fire in that location, said Telegraph Fire Planning Operations Section Chief Joel Basch. Firefighters will continue to monitor threats to the communities along Dripping Springs Road and the State Route 77 and 177 corridors.
Crews are also starting repair work along U.S. 60 including removing dangerous dead trees and repairing fire lines that were dug to suppress the fire in the area. Motorists taking U.S. 60 should be aware that there is an increase in traffic on the highway as other travelers look for alternative routes around some of the other wildfires burning in the state.
State Route 77 is open to El Capitan residents only from U.S. 70 to El Capitan.
As of Tuesday morning, the following communities were still in a “Go” or evacuated status: Dripping Springs, Wind Spirit, Hagen Ranch, Slash S Ranch and Government Springs.
Nearly all of the other communities in the area have been returned to a “Ready” status, which means that they are no longer in immediate danger. Those communities include: Superior, Globe, Miami, Claypool, Central Heights, Pinto/Carlotta, Skill Center, Fairgrounds, Schulze Ranch, Ray Mine, Top-of-the-World, Bellevue, Oak Flat, Beverly Hills, Riverside, Kearny, Winkelman, Hayden, Battle Axe, El Capitan and Six Shooter and Icehouse canyons.