PHOENIX — The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has issued a GO! – Evacuate status for the Telegraph Fire in the town of Top-of-the-World.
Residents of the town of Superior and Top-of-the-World had been asked to consider relocating voluntarily after a SET – Be Alert status was issued on Saturday.
The fire was five miles southwest of Top-of-the-World and burning east.
Superior is located about nine miles west of Top-of-the-World.
It has reportedly grown to 34,363 acres and more than 150 firefighters have been dispatched to fight the blaze, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross.
#TelegraphFire Update: A “GO! – Evacuate” alert has been issued for residents in the area of Top-of-the-World.
Residents should evacuate immediately to a shelter or with family or friends outside of the affected area. pic.twitter.com/MuvM1QhOni
— Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (@PinalCSO) June 6, 2021
The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Team has also been sent to battle the fire.
Four highways remain closed due to brush fires, according to ADOT.
Arizona State Route 177 is closed from Superior to Winkelman, SR 77 is closed from Globe to Winkelman, US 70 is closed from Globe to Fort Thomas and US 60 is closed from Superior to Top-of-the-World.
Officials said the fire is burning mostly shrub and grass with low fuel moisture in the area and that Red Flag warnings are expected to continue through the weekend.
The fire was first reported on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
A public safety closure order was initiated Saturday afternoon and is tentatively schedule to remain in effect until August 1.
Superior is located about 30 miles east of Queen Creek and has a population of approximately 3,100 people.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.