Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm
Email: [email protected]
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ.
Summary: Yesterday afternoon smoke was visible on the south side of the Frye Fire. Weather conditions were favorable for firefighters to begin what is known as a “firing operation”, beginning upslope between the Fort Grant Vista Point and Big Creek along Highway 366.
The purpose of the operation was to move the fire from the existing, uncontrolled fire edge down slope through unburned islands of vegetation. This was done to bring the fire down to Highway 366 at a controlled speed to minimize heat intensity, burn severity, and to keep the fire on the ground and out of the trees. This allowed firefighters to be proactive instead of reactive.
Last night, light fire behavior east and southwest of Heliograph Peak continued well into the night. Fire activity moderated when the downslope winds died down. The rest of the fire was quiet with light heat detected near Riggs Lake.
Fire lines continue to hold on the northeast and east side of the fire and are being patrolled by fire crews. Structure protection efforts in the Turkey Flat summer home area are still being maintained with hose lays, portable water storage and fuel reduction around those cabins.
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 45 % complete. Night operations are continuing.
A dry weather pattern will continue over the fire area for the next several days. Mountain downslope winds are forecasted to be northwest in the afternoon at 6 to 14mph with gusts to 25mph. Minimum relative humidity will be in the single digits, temperature will peak at 105. The forecast is still on track for increasing moisture from the south and southeast that may bring mainly dry thunderstorms to the area. Indications are that more wetting rains could possibly arrive the middle of next week
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!”