For Immediate Release June 11, 2021 Town of Superior
RE: Telegraph Fire
The Town of Superior will be forever grateful to all of the crews who have worked to extinguish this horrific wildfire near our community. At this time, we continue to support our neighboring communities of Globe/Miami as the fire still rages through our Copper Corridor region.
Today, Mayor Mila Besich has signed a Declaration of Emergency to ensure that the Town will have the necessary resources to manage cleanup efforts and cover associated costs due to fighting the Telegraph Fire.
“This fire came dangerously close to our community. We are thankful for all of the efforts of the fire crews that have come from all over the U.S. to assist us. Most importantly our Town Staff, who worked 24/7 to ensure town operations continued and protected our community”, said Mayor Besich.
This is the second major wildfire in two years that has caused significant damage to the many places that residents and visitors to Superior enjoy. The flames may be dying out but the cleanup and post-fire flooding will create a new level of work for the Town and surrounding areas.
The magnificent landscapes surrounding Superior have been charred, important recreation areas such as the Legends of Superior Trail through Arnett Canyon and significant passages of the Arizona National Scenic Trail have been destroyed. We are fortunate to have been able to save the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as they will be important leaders in revegetating our Sonoran Desert.
Everyone’s support and outreach from our Arizona Congressional Delegation, other cities and towns and organizations across the state have been greatly appreciated. The importance placed on this emergency by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and Governor Ducey to declare an emergency will be helpful
as we all transition from an active emergency and into the repair phase.
We look forward to working with Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature in the special session that has been convened to address these fires. Forest management and protecting Arizona is paramount to us all, and we are grateful to the Governor for convening this special session to address these complex and critically important issues.
“We encourage those that love our community and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to return to Superior and the Copper Corridor region and enjoy our open spaces responsibly. Our business community is open and ready to serve our residents, visitors and neighboring communities” Mayor Mila Besich.
Contact information: Mayor Mila Besich
Town of Superior
Address: 199 N. Lobb Avenue
Superior, Arizona 85173
Phone: (520) 827-9454