Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ.
Size: 48,014 acres
Jeff Andrew’s Southwest Area Type 2 Team will be taking over management of the fire at 6 pm today.
The monsoonal easterly flow will become established and scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms are expected into next week.
Over 40 local residents attended the public meeting at Thatcher Middle School last night.
Yesterday a single engine air tanker (SEAT) was ordered around noon to drop retardant on active fire northeast of Fort Grant. Helicopters continued to drop water on fingers of fire slowly moving down canyons and ridges in Goudy Canyon and Grant Creek to keep the fire in check. Retardant was used to check fire spread towards upper Babcock Canyon from the west side of Riggs Lake.
Due to steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain, the south side of the fire from Jesus Canyon on the west to Pitchfork Canyon on the east will remain the most active fire locations and require daily helicopter support for bucket work in order to reduce fire intensity as the fire continues to back down ridges and drainages. This most active part of the fire still has over 10 miles of uncontrolled fire edge. Other areas of similar concern are the west side of Riggs Lake and Hells Hole Canyon.
Patrol and mop up will continue around Riggs Lake Campground, Bible Camp, Old Columbine, Columbine, and along Highway 366 to Mount Graham International Observatory. An excavator is doing rehabilitation work on a dozer line near Columbine. Structure protection remains in place around Turkey Flat and Angle Orchard.
The fire is being managed with multiple objectives: Full suppression in areas safe for firefighter access, point zone protection of infrastructure/residences, and monitoring. Operational objectives are 66% complete.
A Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team has been working for several days in the fire area to determine if emergency resource or human health and safety conditions exist. Go to https://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/information/learn_more/baer.htm for more information about this program.
Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the National Forest boundary in the Pinaleño mountain range with the exception of State Highway 266 from its intersection at the eastern Forest boundary to its intersection with the western Forest boundary. Graham County Sheriff’s officers will stop any non-essential fire traffic to maintain safety in the closure area. The closure will remain in effect until rescinded. The full closure order and map is available on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5221/35695/
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Coronado National Forest until rescinded.
The following are prohibited:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, including within a developed recreation site, or improved site.
- Using an explosive.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. (Smoking is prohibited in all federal buildings.)
- Operating or using any equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, except motor vehicles.
- Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal law, and regulations.
- Possessing operating motor vehicles off National Forest System roads, including but not limited to cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and ATVs, except for when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway, and except for parking overnight in Forest Service developed campground and trailheads.
Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands
Jurisdictional Agencies: Beginning at 6 p.m. today, Jeff Andrew’s Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team will transition with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team to take the lead on coordination with the Coronado National Forest and the State of Arizona. Cooperators include the Graham County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Air Operations: Temporary flight restrictions are in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. If drones are detected, air operations will stop. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”
Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm
Email: [email protected]