Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm
Email: [email protected]
A public meeting will be held Wednesday, June 28, at 7:00 pm in the Thatcher Middle School cafeteria at 1300 N 4th Ave, Thatcher.
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ
Summary: Fire activity was minimal overall yesterday. On the northwest side of the fire, helicopters dropped water to strengthen fire lines. Fire lines continue to hold on the northeast and east side of the fire and are being patrolled by fire crews. On the southeast side of the fire along Highway 366, crews are scouting old fire lines and evaluating areas to use in case the fire moves southeast. Structure protection continues to be reinforced in the Turkey Flat summer home area with more hose lays, portable water storage and additional fuel reduction around cabins.
Crews are also scouting existing roads in the Fort Grant area for potential defense lines in case the fire starts moving towards the southwest.
The fire is being managed for multiple objectives: Monitoring, Point Zone Protection of infrastructure, and Full Suppression in areas safe for firefighter access. Operational objectives are at 43 % completion. Night operations are continuing.
Windy conditions will continue into the late evening hours tonight becoming increasingly unstable with a Haines index of 6 by 4:00 p.m. This dry and windy pattern will create critical fire weather conditions as increasing temperatures combine with very dry air and gusty winds. Relative humidity will continue to drop throughout the day into the single digits
Bar X Fire Final Report: 2,755 acres; Cause: Lightning; Percent Contained: 100%.
Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire has been expanded to include all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the 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 The closure will remain in effect until rescinded.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Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Coronado National Forest until rescinded.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.
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 always prohibited year-round on federal lands
For further information, please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF .
Jurisdictional Agencies: The Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team will continue to work with the Coronado National Forest and the State of Arizona.
Air Operations: Temporary flight restrictions are in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. If drones are detected, air operations will stop. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”