This past weekend road crews from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Coronado National Forest worked together to remove debris from the Wet Canyon Recreation Site on the Swift Trail (State Highway 366). This past week several heavy storms moved a significant amount of woody debris and rock down Wet Canyon, effectively blocking flow under a historic CCC bridge and threatening the structure of the main road bridge. By Sunday evening enough debris had been removed to return the water flow to the original channel under the old bridge. Work will continue on this project for several more days.
Additional Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) projects will begin on the Frye Fire this week. Heavy equipment is being rented to help with road stabilization projects on top of the mountain. Trucks will begin hauling road base material up the Swift Trail to create roadway water diversion structures. The material will also be used to repair existing road surfaces damaged by summer storms.
It is anticipated that an aerial seeding contract will also be awarded today which will treat 1023 acres of the fire area included in the high severity burn classification. The seed will be applied by aircraft similar to the ones used as Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) for fire suppression. The aircraft will apply approximately 55 pounds of a non-persistent barley species per acre to burned areas. Upon germination the barley will provide soil cover for up to two years to help stabilize the soil until native species can return to the site.
The National Weather Service predicts a continued monsoonal pattern over the area for the next week. Visitors should be aware that flash flooding can occur even though it is not raining where you are. When possible the use of smart phone weather “apps” should be used to monitor storm activity in your area. National Weather Service also provides storm information on National Weather Radio.