Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued emergency declarations in response to two wildfires that have burned more than 146,000 acres in his state, he said Wednesday. The statements will provide up to $ 400,000 for response efforts.
“Emergency declarations and federal grants will help ensure that responders have the resources they need for response and recovery – protecting people, pets and property,” said Ducey wrote on Twitter. “We will continue to work closely with local authorities to ensure that the needs of these communities are met. ”
The Telegraph fire was first reported on Friday afternoon and was estimated to be over 80,000 acres by noon on Wednesday, according to incident information management system InciWeb. The fire was 21% under control and more than 750 people responded to it.
The cause of the “rapid fire” and “dynamic fire” near the southern border of the Tonto National Forest is still under investigation.
The inhabitants of the Toit-du-Monde area were educated Sunday to “evacuate immediately” by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. “Numerous evacuation status alerts” were also issued to neighboring areas in response to “extreme fire activity”.
The Arizona Red Cross has set up evacuation centers and large animal shelters have also been made available, the sheriff’s office said. Telegraph Fire Information advised residents of surrounding areas to “stay alert and prepare to evacuate”.
The second active forest fire, called the Mescal fire, was reported last Monday and was estimated at 70,066 acres in the Mescal Mountains on Wednesday, according to Inciweb. The 610 responders made “significant progress” to contain the blaze using methods such as aerial water drops.
“Firefighters have been successful in reducing the threat of fire to infrastructure, resources and important communities,” the incident overview reads. “The potential for fire continues to exist.”
Some highways in the area have started to reopen and everyone in San Carlos has been ordered to return home. Other areas like East El Capitan remain under evacuation. The cause of the Mescal fire is also still under investigation.
“Arizona residents must take the threat of wildfires seriously and follow all safety precautions during these dry months, including evacuation orders,” Ducey said. “I am grateful to our brave firefighters and everyone working to protect the Arizonans this wildfire season.”