Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm
NOTICE: There will be a Community Meeting Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the Thatcher Middle School Cafetorium. An ASL interpreter and CART captioning will be available.
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ.
Statistics: Started June 7, 2017; 48,441 acres; 80% completed; cost is $23.6 million. 2 structure destroyed and 1 structure damaged (Webb Peak Lookout Tower was damaged and the water chlorinator shed at Old Columbine was destroyed, both on June 19, 2017).
Resources: The Frye Fire has the following resources: hand crews, 4; camp crews, 3; engines, 10; helicopters, 6; air tankers, 0; dozers, 2; water tenders, 5; total personnel at 336.
Summary: Deep monsoonal moisture will remain firmly entrenched over southeastern Arizona through Thursday. The threat of afternoon thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue. Mt. Graham has received varying amounts of rain in different locations during the last 48 hours. As precipitation slows fire growth, thunderstorms increase the risk of ash and sediment flowing down the canyon during storm runoff. These events have the potential to threaten life and property at the base of Mt. Graham. Grant Creek experienced debris flow that impacted the roads on the mountain. ADOT will assess the roads in the morning to ensure safe travel for fire personnel.
Along State Highway 366 firefighters are chipping brush and removing hazard trees to make the area safe. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is also working in this area to map the fire damage including erosion control needs. The next step will be to implement plans to deal with the different levels of damage. For more information: https://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/information/learn_more/baer.htm
Flooding Potential: Due to the potential of flooding the National Weather Service is monitoring the Frye Fire area closely with the purpose of providing accurate and timely alerts. For more information: www.floodsafety.noaa.gov
Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the National 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 are 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!”