Safford Ranger District

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

The project is intended to reduce excessive vegetation or “fuel” in and adjacent to the summer home area of Turkey Flat to create defensible space and restore a more fire resilient forest within the area. Wood piles in the Noon Creek administrative site and Snow Flat areas may also be burned.

Aerial seeding of the Frye Fire began yesterday as part of the implementation of the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER).  Approximately 180 acres were accomplished before the flying operation was shut down due to unfavorable weather conditions.  The operation began again today and will continue until the project is completed.  The airplane being used for this project is an AT-802 Air Tractor capable of carrying approximately 6,000 pounds of seeding material to be broadcast over the fire area.  Since the majority of the area being seeded on the fire exceeds 8,000 feet, the load has been r

This past weekend road crews from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Coronado National Forest worked together to remove debris from the Wet Canyon Recreation Site on the Swift Trail (State Highway 366). This past week several heavy storms moved a significant amount of woody debris and rock down Wet Canyon, effectively blocking flow under a historic CCC bridge and threatening the structure of the main road bridge. By Sunday evening enough debris had been removed to return the water flow to the original channel under the old bridge.

NOTICE: There will be a Community Meeting Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the Thatcher Middle School Cafetorium.  An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and Communication Access Real Time Translation (CART) will be available.

Location:  Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ.

Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ

Start Date: June 7, 2017 

Cause: Lightning 

Size: 37,068 acres 

Percent Contained: 39%

Vegetation: Timber, brush and heavy downed timber from the 2004 Nuttall Complex

Resources Assigned: Total: 943 personnel, including 274 misc. overhead, 31 Engines, 26 Crews, 10 Helicopters, 3 Dozer, 10 Water tenders

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