Frye Fire final update: 93% contained, fire restrictions in effect

July 16, 2017 - 8:46 am

Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

Websites:

Frye Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5221/

Coronado National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF

Start Date: June 7, 2017 Size: approximately 48,443 acres 
Percent Contained: 93% Cause: Lightning

The Type 3 organization that has been managing the Frye Fire is making progress toward handing the fire back to the Safford Ranger District on Monday. Very few hot areas remain near the edges of the fire, where they could flare up and possibly allow the fire to grow. Most of the repair work that is not being addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has been completed. Signs and flagging are being removed. The number of resources assigned to the Frye Fire continues to decline and is now below 50 people. 

The last two twenty-person hand crews have been released from the Frye Fire. The last helicopter assigned to the fire has been released, but a helicopter would be available from a nearby Forest Service district if needed. Two engines continue to patrol the Frye Fire and are available for initial attack if a new fire occurs. These engines will stay on the Frye Fire for a few extra days after the Type 3 team leaves.

With the loss of the last national resource, the Silver City Interagency “Hotshot” Crew (IHC), the Frye Fire will no longer be listed in the National Interagency Coordination Center Incident Management Situation Report. The Situation Report will include a weekly update on the Frye Fire until it reaches 100% completion.

The lower portion of State Highway 366, which had been closed due to the Frye Fire, has reopened to Ladybug Saddle. The Frye Fire closure area has been reduced, and a new closure order issued. This allows restricted access to some of the campgrounds and the summer homes at Turkey Flat. Noon Creek Picnic Area, Round-the-Mountain Trailhead, and Wet Canyon Picnic Area, trails on West Peak, and Ladybug Trail #329, Bear Canyon #299, and Dutch Henry #297 are now open. All other campgrounds, trails and undeveloped areas remain within the Frye Fire closure area, and are closed to all entry. The revised closure order is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd550498.pdf

ADOT will evaluate State Highway 366 regularly, and will close the road to public access when road conditions are determined to be hazardous. Call Arizona 511 for a recording of road conditions and closures before heading up Highway 366. Fire personnel are still working along State Highway 366. Please slow down and use extra caution while driving up the highway.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team continues to work on plans to stabilize slopes and reduce the potential impacts from the burn.

Fire Restrictions: Coronado National Forest is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. 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 prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands.

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