Frye Fire update: Area closure order expands

June 19, 2017 - 9:26 am

Community meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ

Start Date: June 7, 2017   Cause: Lightning   Size: 9100 Acres   Operational Objectives Completed: 16%

Vegetation: Timber, brush and heavy downed timber from the 2004 Nuttall Complex

Resources Assigned: 415 Persons, 15 Engines, 14 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 1 Dozer, 5 Water tenders, and Miscellaneous Overhead

Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair/ Dave Gesser (t) with the Southwest Area Type 2 Team 3

Public Meeting: Monday, June 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at the Graham County General Services Office.

Closure: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire has expanded to include all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the Forest boundary in the Pinaleño mountain range including the Bible Camp, Turkey Flat and the Old Columbine area. Graham County Sheriff Officers will stop any non-essential-fire traffic to maintain safety in the closure area. The closure will remain in effect until rescinded. The entire official order and map is available on Inciweb at

Summary: The fire has burned in the Ash Creek, Hawk Hollow, Frye Canyon, Frye Mesa, and Deadman Canyon areas. The fire in the bowl below the Bible Camp has advanced uphill. A significant volume of smoke continues to be visible from the surrounding local areas, Tucson, and beyond. Critically low relative humidity and near record temperatures are contributing to increased fire activity.

Firefighters have improved more than 15 miles of control lines on Forest Road 507 around the Observatory, Old Columbine, and the Bible Camp. Crews will continue preparing control lines from Old Columbine to Peter’s Flat.

“Today’s transition with the Type 3 Team went very smoothly. We were handed a solid plan that was easy to continue building upon,” said Incident Commander Alan Sinclair.

Temporary flight restrictions remain in effect until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or any unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest.

For further information, please see the Frye Fire Facebook page at the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at and/or Inciweb at