State routes 261 and 273 in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona will close for the winter on Tuesday, Jan. 2, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. They are among a handful of routes across the state that close for the winter and reopen in the spring.
NOTICE: There will be a Community Meeting Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the Thatcher Middle School Cafetorium. American Sign Language (ASL) and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) interpreters will be available.
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.
Two fires were reported Wednesday, July 27. The Right Hand Fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. and the P Ranch Fire was reported at 6:30 p.m. Both fires were ignited by lightning and are burning in grass, brush, and juniper. No structures are threatened. Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil. Due to the natural ignition and remote locations, the fires are being managed for multiple objectives, including those aforementioned, as opposed to full suppression to extinguish them.