Incident: Frye Fire Wildfire
Released: 34 min. ago
Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm
Email: [email protected]
COMMUNITY MEETING AT BONITA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEDNESDAY JULY 5, 2017 AT 6 PM
COMMUNITY MEETING AT THATCHER MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE CAFETORIUM AT 1340 4TH AVE THATCHER, AZ THURSDAY JULY 6, 2017 AT 7PM.
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ.
Statistics: Started June 7, 2017; 47,048 acres; 51% contained; cost is $19.5 million. 1 structure destroyed and 1 structure damaged (Webb Peak Lookout Tower was damaged and the water chlorinator shed at Old Columbine was destroyed, both on June 19, 2017).
Resources: The Frye Fire has the following resources: hand crews, 10; camp crews, 3; engines, 32; helicopters, 8; air tankers, 0; dozers, 4; water tenders, 12; total personnel at 597.
Summary: Dryer weather will continue through today with little chance of showers. There is a forecast of monsoonal moisture moving into the area with an increased chance of moisture on Thursday and Friday. Precipitation at Turkey Flat yesterday was .04 inch. The rest of the fire received no precipitation.
The southern portions of the fire have been the most active. The Pitchfork and Grant drainages continue to hold the most heat in the timbered areas. The Turkey Flat development is being monitored by aerial resources to limit the spread into Wet Canyon and on the Noon Ridge. Hand constructed fire line was completed along the fire edge in upper Twilight Creek across the ridge and along parts of the Shake Trail. Helicopters dropped 24,000 gallons of retardant and 39,000 gallons of water across the fire today. Patrol and mop up around Riggs Lake Campground, Bible Camp, Old Columbine, Columbine, and along Highway 366 to Mount Graham International Observatory will continue.
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 51% complete. Night operations are continuing.
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. They will identify specific areas that may need treatment to resolve any emergency conditions, help stabilize soil; control runoff, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; and mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life, property and downstream values at risk. Go to https://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/information/learn_more/baer.htm for more information.
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.