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Pinnacle Fire tops 34,000 acres, 70% contained as evacuations still in place

The wildfire burning in the Gila Valley was ignited on June 10 on Pinnacle Ridge on the Coronado National Forest.

KLONDYKE, Ariz. — Editor's note: The above video aired during a previous broadcast.

A wildfire burning in east-central Arizona has caused the evacuations of nearby residents, fire officials said.

The fire, called the Pinnacle Fire, has burned around 34,417 acres and is 70% contained as of Thursday morning. The fire was ignited on June 10 on Pinnacle Ridge on the Coronado National Forest.

The fire continues to be active due to high temperatures and low humidity, making fuels easy to burn. The predicted thunderstorms and buildup in the area are in the upcoming days will produce outflows affecting fire behavior in the afternoon and into the evening.

The following communities are under the "GO" order and have been asked to evacuate:

  • Klondyke
  • Aravaipa
  • Some residents in Black Rock
  • All residents southeast of the fire and north of the Aravaipa/Klondyke road

There are currently no communities under the "READY" order, meaning residents who voluntarily relocated can safely return home.

Officials have closed a portion of the Santa Teresa Mountains in the Coronado National Forest due to the fire. 

Around 413 personnel have been assigned to the fire, including 6 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 13 engines, 9 water tenders, and 2 dozers.

Residents in evacuation areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them when leaving their homes.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers. 

Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account. 

Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said. 

The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including:

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and an NOAA weather radio to receive up-to-date information
  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Complete change of clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare

The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here.

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