The Benchmark Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon, October 14, 2017, and is burning on Benchmark Mountain west of Forest Road 37. Smoke may be visible from I-17 and Black Canyon City. The fire is burning in a remote area of the forest with limited access, so it is being monitored from the air. The fire size has not changed in the last 24 hours, and growth to the south has stopped because the fire burned into the Bull Fire scar from earlier this summer.
- Approximately 9 miles east of Black Canyon City and 13 miles north of Cave Creek
- Nearest town is Black Canyon City, Arizona
Start Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Size: 120 acres Percent Contained (or completion): 0%
The Forest is still very dry, and everyone is asked to be diligent to prevent a wildfire. Even a small spark can start a fire. Please remember to completely extinguish your campfire before leaving, make sure tow chains are not dragging on the ground, your vehicle is in good working order, and avoid parking a hot engine over dry grass. You can help. One less spark could mean one less wildfire.