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.
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms on Monday north and east of the valley have caused Tonto National Forest firefighters to respond to multiple new fire starts. Several small fires have been reported, with most not growing to more than one acre.
The Benchmark Fire, burning in a remote area of the Tonto National Forest, is approximately 15 miles east of Black Canyon City. The fire was reported last night and has grown to 1,000 acres this afternoon. It is burning in grass and brush. There are no buildings in the area, and firefighters are monitoring the fire activity.