Location: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
The Coronado National Forest has received funding to implement the Burned Area Emergency Response plan submitted for the Frye Fire. This plan includes funding for aerial seeding of 1023 acres of the fire which burned at the high severity level. Also approved were projects to clear drainage channels of debris, provide road stabilization, and protection and safety measures for roads, trails, and developed sites within the fire area.
The Forest will be moving ahead with BAER treatments over the next several weeks. These projects will be monitored to determine their success in mitigating the impacts of the fire. However, the effectiveness of these treatment measures will not be known for several months.
Over the past week the Frye fire has experienced several significant rain storms which have resulted in high flow levels off the burned area. Rain gauges installed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) in various locations with in and adjacent to the fire provide a tracking mechanism for these storms. Members of the BAER Team worked with personnel from the ADWR over the last two days to update and perform maintenance on the equipment to assure that they are functioning at the appropriate levels. Information generated by these electronic observation stations regarding rainfall totals can be found at http://www.afws.org/gmap/gmap.html.
Although the ADWR site provides real time information on rainfall totals, it does not issue alert information of storms in progress. This information may be obtained from the use of “weather radio” or a smart phone “weather app”. These sources monitor hazards issued by the National Weather Service. You can get alerts directly from the National Weather Service.
Closures: The majority of the Frye Fire area remains closed to public. Detailed information regarding this closure may be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd550498.pdf.
Fire Restrictions: Fire restrictions have been lifted on all Districts of the Coronado National Forest.
For updates please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF .