Pinaleño Mountains

For Immediate Release. The Coronado National Forest and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) are working together to ensure the survival of the current highway bridge at Wet Canyon on SR-366 (Swift Trail).  This highway is the only road access to the high country in the Pinaleno Mountains (Mt. Graham and other high-country areas).  An active monsoon season has resulted in extreme flooding events from areas burned during the recent Frye Fire.

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.

The Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District plans to conduct wood pile burning activities on Mt. Graham, in the Pinaleño Mountains, over the next several months. Burning will be dependent upon weather conditions.

The project is intended to reduce excessive vegetation, or “fuel,” in and adjacent to the summer home areas of Turkey Flat and Old Columbine to create defensible space and restore a more fire-resilient forest within the area. 

Wood piles will also be burned in the vicinity of Grant Hill. 

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