Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Two wildfires fueled by dry weather have been growing in south-central Arizona, forcing evacuations.

The so-called Telegraph Fire has now expanded to more than 95.6 square miles (247.7 square kilometers) and is at zero containment, authorities said late Monday. Officials had said a forecast of low humidity and high winds throughout the week will likely facilitate more spread.

Coconino National Forest

More fire restrictions are going into effect this week in Arizona as dry and warm conditions persist throughout the region.

Coconino County

State fire officials and Governor Doug Ducey say the upcoming wildfire season could be early and potentially active. The remarks come after one of the driest years on record in the state. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Gov. Doug Ducey last week signed a bill into law that’ll employ hundreds more state inmates for wildfire mitigation work. Officials hope it’ll help reduce fire danger throughout the state. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

UPDATE: Fire crews said Monday night they had stopped forward progress of the Pumpkin Fire, which grew to 175 acres. There'e no word on containment. According to state Forestry officials, the fire started on private property and was human caused. 

State fire managers say a 50-acre wildfire near the Tonto Basin has forced evacuations and is threatening structures.

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