Location: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
The Frye Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team has completed an evaluation of the effects of the fire on watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life, safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. They have also assessed whether appropriate and effective stabilization measures can be implemented on national forest lands in a timely manner to reduce unacceptable risks from potential flooding and debris flow threats.
Until these stabilization measures have been implemented and their effectiveness determined, forest visitors are reminded to take steps to protect themselves from potential flooding and debris flows from the fire area. These measures include:
· Know before you go. Use a “weather radio” or smart phone “weather app” to monitor hazard alerts issued by the National Weather Service.
· Know and be alert to environmental signs of dangerous weather conditions, and be prepared to take action that can save lives.
· Flash flooding can happen quickly and without warning. Flash floods can occur even though it is not raining where you are. It may be raining hard further up-stream, and water can travel swiftly downstream to your location. Be alert to weather conditions upstream.
· Understand that all drainages within and downstream of the burned area can produce flash flooding.
· If you find yourself in a flood, climb to safety (seek higher ground).
· Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it by vehicle or foot. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, the road may be eroded away under the water as flooding can scour away the entire road surface and ground beneath the road.
While much of the Frye Fire area remain closed to public entry, many areas of the Pinaleno Mountains remain open. By observing the above precautions, personal safety may contribute to an enjoyable recreation experience.
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: Stage 2 Fire Restriction remain in effect. A copy of these restrictions may be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd547366.pdf .
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