Pinnacle Fire continues to produce smoky conditions throughout the Gila Valley

Contributed Photo: The Pinnacle Fire was listed at 13,054 acres with 0% containment as of Tuesday morning.

Fire listed at 13,054 acres with 0% containment

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

GRAHAM COUNTY – The Pinnacle Fire continues to produce a great amount of smoke that has filled the Gila Valley and obscured its mountains. Click here for a detailed outlook on the smoke situation.  

Despite a raging wind that knocked down several utility poles throughout Graham County, the Pinnacle Fire’s activity actually slowed yesterday as it made its way into an area with less vegetation. 

Firefighters utilized aerial drops of retardant and water to keep the fire away from structures and “values at risk” and also conducted burnout operations. 

The fire, burning in the Santa Teresa Mountains north of Klondyke and west of Pima, began June 10 and its cause is still under investigation. Roughly 264 personnel are currently fighting the fire, which has forced the evacuations of all residences southeast of the fire and north of Aravaipa/Klondyke Road as well as residences along the Black Rock area. The fire was listed at 13,054 acres with 0% containment as of Tuesday morning.

Closures: Coronado National Forest portion of the Santa Teresa Mountains. See: https://Coronadonationalforest/Facebook.com. A Temporary Flight Restriction has been enacted for the surrounding area by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Restrictions: The Coronado National Forest has implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions. For detailed information on restrictions see: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd915424.pdf 

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