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The Telegraph Fire, three miles south of town of Superior in Pinal County, Arizona. Photo: Tonto National Forest/Twitter

Two wildfires in eastern Arizona have triggered evacuation orders for hundreds of people as they burned across some 60,000 acres Sunday, per CNN.

Driving the news: The fires are burning amid hot, dry conditions and as much of the state is experiencing an "extreme" or "exceptional drought."

Details: One of the blazes, the Telegraph Fire, has razed some 34,365 acres since erupting on Friday, forcing the closure of a major highway near Tonto National Forest, according to the InciWeb wildfire information system.

  • The Pinal County Sheriff's Office urged the 250-person community of Top-of-the-World to evacuate ahead of the approaching uncontained fire Sunday afternoon, warning: "If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further."
  • Residents in nearby town of Superior, which has a population of roughly 3,000 people, had been advised to get ready to evacuate, CNN notes.

The other wildfire, the Mescal Fire, has burned nearly 26,000 acres across the Mescal Mountains, some 120 miles east of Phoenix and was 2% contained as of Sunday, per InciWeb.

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Quartz co-founders Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf, along with New York Times veteran Erin Grau, are launching a new media and services company called "Charter" that is centered around the future of work, the founders told Axios.

Why it matters: "There are other media companies that write about this topic — some occasionally and some more frequently, but it's one topic among many things that they do," Delaney said. "This is a driving focus for us."

Biden endorses bill to end sentencing disparity for crack and powder cocaine

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The Biden administration endorsed a bill Tuesday that would end sentencing disparities for crack versus powder cocaine offenses.

The big picture: Supporting the legislation follows through on one of Biden's campaign promises. But it's a shift from decades ago, when Biden spearheaded efforts to pass the legislation that implemented the disparities in the first place.

White House to acknowledge U.S. will miss July 4 vaccination goal

Fireworks in New York City to celebrate the state reaching a 70% vaccination rate. Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images

The Biden administration plans to acknowledge on Tuesday it will likely miss its goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose by July 4, NBC News first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: Despite falling short of the goal, the White House still believes most Americans will be safe to fully celebrate Independence Day, as COVID-19 cases and deaths remain at low levels throughout much of the country.