Frye Fire Update

Release Date: Jul 5, 2017  

Tuesday July 4, 2017, 8:30 am

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

             Greg Poncin, Incident Commander

 

Incident Statistics

Size:                 

46,760 acres

Completed:

45 %

Structures damaged:

Structures destroyed:

1

1

Injuries:

None

Date detected:

June 7, 2017

Cause:

Lightning

Estimated cost

$16.8 million

Resources

Hand Crews:

12

Camp Crews:

4

Engines:

36

Helicopters:

7

Air tankers

0

Dozers:

4

Water tenders:

12

Total Personnel:

648

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 8 am – 8 pm

FacebookInciwebEmail: FryeFire@gmail.com 

Websites: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5221/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoNF

COMMUNITY MEETING AT BONITA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017 AT 6 PM

COMMUNITY MEETING AT THATCHER MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE CAFETORIUM AT 1340 4TH AVE, THATCHER ON THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 AT 7PM

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

Summary: Clouds increased yesterday as Monsoonal moisture moved over Mt. Graham. With the changing weather pattern the temperature was slightly lower and the humidity a little higher which reduced fire intensity. There was scattered showers over the fire area. Turkey Flat received .29 inches, and Heliograph Peak received .09 inches.  However, no rain was received at Grant Creek.

Retardant was used around Riggs Lake and Hells Hole to help control any fire movement. Mop up continued near the observatories, Old Columbine, Bible Camp, Heliograph Peak and Riggs Lake.

A hand line was completed off Forest Road 819 in Twilight Canyon with additional line that anchored into the rocks in Wet Canyon, stopping the fire movement toward Highway 366. Hot shot crews supported by retardant drops near Shake Trail stopped the progress of the fire from moving into the Wilderness Study Area. Helicopters used 37,000 gallons of retardant from a newly installed portable retardant plant based at Fort Grant. 

The fire is being managed with multiple objectives: Full suppression in areas safe for firefighter access, Point Zone Protection of infrastructure/residences, and Monitoring. Operational objectives are 45% complete. Night operations are continuing.

The Monsoonal weather pattern will continue over the fire area. Mountain downslope winds will continue with lower temperatures. There is a chance of isolated thunderstorms again today.

Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the Forest 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 is 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:  The Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team will continue to work with the Coronado National Forest and the State of Arizona.  Cooperators include the Graham County Sheriff’s Office 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!”