Pinnacle Fire at 2,200 acres with zero percent containment

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Coronado National Forest: The Pinnacle Fire has burned 2,200 acres as of Saturday morning.

Southwest Incident Management Team #3 assumes command, nearby residences placed in “READY” status

By Jon Johnson

SANTA TERESA MOUNTAINS – The Pinnacle Fire burning in the Santa Teresa mountains west of the Gila Valley and just north of the Klondyke area has reached 2,200 acres in size as of Saturday morning. 

Photo Courtesy Mesa Interagency Hotshot Crew: Wildland firefighters battle the Pinnacle Fire on the ground up close.

The fire began Thursday, June 10, on Pinnacle Ridge on Coronado National Forest land northeast of Klondyke. It then spread into the Santa Teresa Wilderness. The cause is under investigation. The extremely low humidity of between 1 and 4 percent is aiding the fire’s growth as the evenings offer little respite. 

Residences east of the fire and north of the Aravaipa/Klondyke Road area have been placed in a “READY” status as of 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

A temporary flight restriction has been enacted by the Federal Aviation Administration around the fire area, which means all non-incident aircraft including drones are not permitted to be flown. Those who do so can be prosecuted under federal law. A closure order for roads and trails in the fire area is also being developed.  

Additionally, the Coronado National Forest has implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions. Click here for detailed information. 

A total of about 97 personnel are currently fighting the fire, including four hand crews, three helicopters, eight engines, five water tenders, and two single-engine air tankers. More resources are expected to arrive soon.