Grateful to Survive the Telegraph Fire

by Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior

Our small community of Superior has been experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime renaissance, an exciting time of transition and improvement, and one that I am honored to help lead.

We entered the month of June knowing that fire danger would be extreme and temperatures would be higher than normal. What no one could have imagined is that a human-caused brush fire that started south of Superior would consume and char so many acres of Arizona’s majestic and unique ecosystems.

We anxiously await the reports from U.S. Forest Service officials on which areas will still be accessible to recreation. It is truly a tremendous loss that one of the most distinct and recognized sections of the Arizona Trail National Scenic Trail has been damaged.

While the Telegraph Fire has created new challenges for Superior and our region, we remain committed to being a resilient, innovative community. The chessboard we have been playing on has been flipped over and the pieces have been scattered across the room, but as true champions, we are carefully putting the pieces back onto the board, knowing we still have many beautiful landscapes surrounding us and that our beloved Boyce Thompson Arboretum was saved from the ravages of the fire.

Thankfully, all homes and businesses are intact and everyone is safe.

The biggest help anyone can give us is to continue to visit Superior and the Copper Corridor. There are still many special areas to recreate once the Tonto National Forest is re-opened. Segments of the Legends of Superior Trails within Town limits are still open, and our many local businesses and restaurants are open and ready to serve you, including the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Our Second Friday events resume in July and will continue monthly throughout the year. During July and August, there will be an additional special event at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum-Arb After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m., which features evening hours at the park, light food, and adult beverages for a special ticket price. Businesses in Downtown Superior will stay open until 8 p.m., and there will be Music in the Park until 9 p.m. each Second Friday.

We are forever grateful for every single firefighter, pilot, incident commander, and everyone who supported the operations.

Please visit our website at:; you can purchase tickets for the Arb After Hours at

Together, we are Superior!