FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Wildfires are burning large areas of Arizona.
The Telegraph Fire is burning in two counties east of Phoenix.
As night falls, the #TelegraphFire in Globe, Arizona is raging.
This video doesn’t do justice what it looks like in person.
TY to all those on the front lines, ���� for safety. pic.twitter.com/xfQezBCKsh
— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) June 9, 2021
So far, it has burned over 80-thousand acres since igniting on Friday, June 4.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire is 21% contained.
The Mescal Fire is also burning east of Phoenix.
Wondering where the smoke is coming from? Seems the jet stream is transporting smoke from the 72,000-acre Telegraph Fire and the 50,000-acre Mescal Fire (pictured here) both near Globe, AZ, into NM. #wildfire #wildfiresmoke #airquality pic.twitter.com/Ob3pm4YzNj
— Santa Fe National Forest (@SantafeNF) June 8, 2021
It has burned over 70-thousand acres since it began on June 1.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire is 23% contained.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued Declarations of Emergency for both fires Wednesday.
Today I’m issuing Declarations of Emergency in response to the #TelegraphFire and #MescalFire, which have burned 146K+ acres and led to many evacuations and road closures. Fire and safety officials are working around the clock to contain these dangerous fires. 1/
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) June 9, 2021
Towns near these fires have been evacuated, according to the Associated Press.
These two fires are located less than 50 miles away from each other.
The weather forecast for the next few days will not help firefighters battling the blazes.
No rain, high temperatures over 90 degrees, extremely low humidity and gusty winds are all increasing the fire risk.
— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) June 7, 2021
But those factors are not the only thing making these fires harder to fight.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the fires are burning in an area that is experiencing an exceptional drought.
More than a quarter of the Western U.S. is in an exceptional drought.
That's the worst category on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale.
— NOAA NCEI Climate (@NOAANCEIclimate) June 4, 2021
Over 50% of the West is in an extreme or exceptional drought.
Both fires are not expected to be fully contained until Father's Day.