The PINNACLE FIRE is burning 18 miles south of Bylas, Arizona on the Coronado National Forest. It started on June 10, 2021 from an unknown ignition that is actively burning mostly within the Santa Teresa Wilderness.

The fire initially spread east and northeast forcing mandatory evacuations for residents north the Klondyke/Aravaipa Road but the winds. Now the fire is threatening communities of Black Rock.

Fire command was assumed by the SW Area IMT3 with IC Dave Gesser on June 12th at 0600 hours.

Fire behavior is active with wind-drive runs, running and spotting. However it is calm enough for residents to be allowed to return home. Residents should be aware of their surroundings and call 9-1-1 if there are more fires or other events occurring.

Very active fire behavior creates large plume on smoke on the PInnacle Fire on June 17th
Credit: USFS

There has been 26,460 acres of short grass, brush and timber consumed. There is a 10% containment status.

There are 444 total personnel with 6 crews, 29 engines and 5 helicopters.

There has been a total fire suppression and containment costs to date, that have topped out at $3.8 Million dollars.


Smoke reports can be obtained by visiting this website —

Leve 3 Fire Restrictions in effect –San Carlos Apache Tribe — San Carlos Apache Forest Resources Program – Forestry

Fire Restrictions —…/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd915424.pdf.

Evacuations Updates — Evacuations: GO: All Black Rock Road area residences, and all residences in the Klondyke-Aravaipa corridor in Graham County. For “Ready, Set, Go” information follow this link: and

“Area residents continue to bring donations to the fire camp. While we are very appreciative, our firefighters are well supplied. We can’t take donations. Firefighters are, however, appreciative of the many supportive banners and signs we see posted around the community.” – Fire Managers.

We encourage those who wish to contribute to local Fire Districts, non-profits, such as the American Red Cross or to other support fire members. – Ed.

The cause of this wildfire is unknown and under investigation.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog