Mescal Fire, burning east of Phoenix, exceeds 50,000 acres

(InciWeb photo)

PHOENIX – Wildfire burning far east of Phoenix continues to increase as hot weather and wind continue to drive the flames, officials said.

The mescal fire roared through 52,887 acres near Globe, Southwest Area Incident Management Team spokeswoman Carrie Templin told KTAR News 92.3 FM early Monday.

No injuries were reported.

The containment was 8%.

According to InciWeb, a forest fire information website operated by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the fire jumped 38,000 acres on Sunday.

Authorities said 674 workers were working on the flames on the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Coyote Flats; Orders remained for El Capitan on the east side of State Route 77, which is closed between Winkleman and US 70, and for Soda Canyon.

The fire began to burn on June 1, the Bureau of Land Management said in a press release.

Jim Cross of KTAR News 92.3 FM contributed to this report.

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