The Frye Fire is located in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ. The fire is approximately 49,435 acres and estimated at 66 percent containment.
Summary: Strong northeasterly flow aloft has hindered thunderstorm development over Mount Graham. Chances of wetting rains will greatly increase on Sunday, bringing small hail, brief heavy downpours, lightning and gusty winds.
Monsoon storms increase the risk of ash and sediment flows during storm runoff. These events caused by rain storms have the potential to threaten life and property at the base of the Pinaleño Mountains.
The south side of the fire from Pitchfork Canyon to Twilight Creek is the primary focus of firefighting efforts. Helicopters continue water drops to slow movement of the fire. Helicopters dropped 20,000 gallons of water and 15,000 gallons of retardant as they supported the firefighters.
Fire crews continue to utilize air resources to limit spread of the fire into Wet Canyon and Noon Creek Ridge, as well continue repair work along Highway 366 leading to Bible Camp, Old Columbine, Columbine, and Mount Graham International Observatory. Fire fighters continue to patrol and protect campgrounds including: Riggs Lake, Soldier Creek, Columbine, Cunningham, Hospital Flat, Shannon, Twilight and Arcadia, as well as the Bible Camp, both summer home areas, and Angle Orchard.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has been working for several days in the fire area to determine if emergency resource or human health and safety conditions exist. Go to https://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/information/learn_more/baer.htm for more information about this program.
Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the National 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 The closure will remain in effect until rescinded.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Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Coronado National Forest until rescinded.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: Team 5 is coordinating efforts with the Coronado National Forest and the State of Arizona, the Graham County Sheriff’s Office, Graham County Emergency Management, and the Arizona Department of Transportation.
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!”
Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm
Email: [email protected]