Exceptionally hot and dry conditions will remain over the incident area. The fire has established in Shingle Mill Canyon and is spotting into Blair Canyon. 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 will continue to scout and improve control lines and perform burn out operations as necessary. Structure protection in the Turkey Flat and Heliograph electronic site are ongoing.
“As strong outflow winds moved into the fire area yesterday, crews mitigated and disengaged.” stated Incident Commander trainee Dave Gesser. “As weather and fire behavior conditions calmed, crews were able to re-engage in firefighting tactics.”
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!”
Closure: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the Forest boundary in the Pinaleno mountain range including 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 The closure will remain in effect until rescinded.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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5221/35695/
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest.
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest 7 miles southwest of Safford
Start Date: June 7, 2017
Size: 10,896 Acres
Percent Contained: 16
Vegetation: Timber, brush and heavy downed timber from the 2004 Nuttall Complex
Resources Assigned: 738 Persons, 25 Engines, 22 Crews, 7 Helicopters, 1 Dozer, 5 Water tenders, and Miscellaneous Overhead