Frye Fire Community Meeting Planned

Release Date: Jul 11, 2017  

Pinaleño Mountains/Mt. Graham

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 8:30 am

Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 5

Jeff Andrews, Incident Commander

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

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

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

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.

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 canyons during storm runoff.  These events have the potential to threaten life and property at the base of Mt. Graham.  Debris flow impacted the roads on the mountain. Arizona Department of Transportation 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 improve safety conditions.  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  The closure will remain in effect until rescinded.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 with the Coronado National Forest, 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!”