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Evacuations ordered as Mescal Fire grows to more than 38,000 acres

The wildfire burning in Gila County started on June 1 about 16 miles southeast of Globe.

GILA COUNTY, Ariz. — Some residents of Gila County have been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire continues to grow, fire officials said.

The wildfire, called the Mescal Fire, has burned 38,702 acres with 2% containment as of Sunday afternoon.  

The following communities have been placed in the "GO" evacuation category:

  • Soda Canyon 
  • Residents of El Capitan living on the east side of State Route 77
  • Coyote Flats 
  • Peridot Heights
  • The San Carlos High School area 
  • All residents living along Route 3

The following communities have been placed into "SET" and should be prepared for evacuation orders: 

  • Skill Center 
  • T11 Ranch
  • Beverly Hills 

See the most recent update on the efforts to contain the fire here.

The fire started burning on Tuesday about 16 miles southeast of Globe. Around 200 fire personnel have been assigned to control the fire.

An evacuation site has been set up at High Desert Middle School in Globe, Arizona. 

Public access has been temporarily closed for the following areas: 

  • Gila River to the south,
  • State Highway 77 to E. Ranch Creek Road to the west
  • BIA Road 700 from E. Ranch Creek Road to the west
  • Reservation Road 660 to the East

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for the latest updates.

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