The Frye Fire is located in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford. The fire is approximately 46,074 acres and estimated at 45 percent contained.
On the north and northeastern perimeter of the fire, fire line rehabilitation was completed yesterday. Helicopters dropped water steadily to keep the fire in check in Grant Creek and Hells Hole Creek. Mop up continued near the observatories, Old Columbine, Bible Camp, Heliograph Peak and Riggs Lake.
Fire will continue to back downslope in canyons across the southern edge of the fire from Jesus Canyon to Pitchfork Canyon. A short crown run upslope back into the main fire was visible in Grant Creek late in the afternoon yesterday. This will be a common occurrence along the southern edge of the fire which is in constant sunlight and associated heat during the day.
Yesterday the fire spotted into the bottom of Twilight Creek near Forest Road 819, less than 1/2 mile west of the Turkey Flat summer homes. As a result of this fire movement, a tentatively scheduled burnout operation around the Turkey Flat summer homes was planned, but later cancelled. The fire had spotted in Twilight Creek in an area that burned in the 2004 Nuttall Fire. The reduction in fuels in Twilight Creek as a result of the 2004 Nuttall Fire is keeping the fire confined in the drainage. Based on the successful use of aerial water delivery yesterday, fire officials believe they can hold the fire in that location. Night operations and structure protection remain in place at Turkey Flat.
As of this morning the fire has not moved out of Twilight Creek. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and helicopters will again concentrate on the fire in that area throughout the day. A portable retardant plant at Fort Grant is available as of this morning to supplement helicopter operations in Twilight Creek, Wet Creek, Grant Creek and other active fire locations around the fire.
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.
Potential thunderstorms over the fire today could produce outflow winds and affect fire growth.
Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes 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
Jurisdictional Agencies: The Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team will continue to work with the Coronado National Forest and the State of Arizona. Cooperators include the Graham County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Air Operations: Temporary flight restrictions are in effect over the fire area, and remain 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!”