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Two huge wildfires in US state Arizona force hundreds of people to evacuate

Washington: Two wildfires scorching in eastern Arizona triggered evacuation orders for hundreds of people as they burned across over 100,000 acres (404.7 square km) as of Monday.

According to InciWeb wildfire information system Monday morning, the Telegraph Fire in Pinal County had razed some 56,626 acres (229.2 square km) since erupting Friday afternoon, and forced the 250-person community of Top-of-the-World, located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from the scene, to be evacuated Sunday.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office called the evacuation order to Top-of-the-World a “GO! – Evacuate,” meaning residents should evacuate immediately to a shelter or with family or friends outside of the affected area.

“If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further,” the authority warned on its official Facebook page.

Residents in the nearby town of Superior, which has a population of roughly 3,000 people, had been advised to get ready to evacuate after being placed in “SET- Be Alert” status due to the fire Monday morning.

The other wildfire first reported Sunday, the Mescal Fire, had burned 49,631 acres (200.8 square km) across the Mescal Mountains, some 120 miles (193 km) east of Phoenix, capital city of Arizona, and was 8 percent contained as of Monday, per InciWeb.

So far there is no report of casualties from the fires.

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