Superior residents prepare to evacuate due to Telegraph fire

The wildfire burned more than 7,000 acres and caused the closure of two national highways.

SUPERIOR, Arizona – More than 2,800 Superior residents have been urged to begin preparing for the evacuation as a wildfire continues to burn in Pinal County, the county sheriff’s office said Saturday morning.

The blaze, called the Telegraph Fire, burned more than 7,000 acres and caused the closure of two national highways in the area, MPs said.

Superior residents have been given “SET” status by the sheriff’s office, which means they must locate their emergency evacuation kit and be prepared to leave the area, MPs said.

State Route 77, between Winkelman and US 70, and State Route 177, between Winkelman and US 60, have both been closed and have no estimated reopening times, ADOT said.

Residents of evacuation areas are requested to have an emergency supply kit to take with them when leaving their homes.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic bin, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers.

Residents should make sure they have the basics like three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first aid kit, prescription drugs, contact lenses, and over-the-counter medications should also be considered.

Copies of all important family documents including insurance policies, IDs, bank account statements and emergency phone numbers should also be taken and placed in a waterproof and portable container in your kit, said the NFPA.

The association lists other items that could help in a disaster, including:

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio and NOAA weather radio for up-to-date information
  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air
  • Matches in an airtight container
  • Complete change of clothes, including long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container
  • Signal rocket

The complete NFPA supplies checklist can be found here.

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