Frye Fire Returning to District

Release Date: Jul 13, 2017  

(Pinaleño Mountains/Mt. Graham)

Thursday, July 13, 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


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

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 will transition with Coronado National Forest Type 3 management organization on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7 PM.

Summary:  Light rain fell over parts of the fire during the last 24 hours. Rainfall and increased moisture allowed for excellent night time relative humidity. As the monsoonal weather pattern sets in over southeastern Arizona, expect afternoon thunderstorms and the possibility of flash flooding. The potential to threaten life and property at the base of Mt. Graham will continue during the monsoon season.

Last night’s community meeting was well attended and many questions were
answered. The meeting was Live Streamed on Facebook and viewers were able to interact and ask questions which were answered during the meeting. In addition, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) captioner provided communication access for meeting attendees and live streamed on Facebook.  The meeting focused on fire suppression, repair efforts, and restoration of burned areas on Mt. Graham.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team Representative showed a map of low, moderate, and high severity burn areas.The next step will be to implement plans to deal with the various levels of damage. For more information:

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:

Closures:  The Area Closure for the Frye Fire includes all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the National 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 The closure will remain in effect until rescinded.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 are available on Inciweb at:

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 improvedsite.

  • Using anexplosive.

  • Smoking,exceptwithinanenclosedvehicleorbuilding. (Smokingisprohibitedinallfederalbuildings.)

  • Operating or using any equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, except motorvehicles.

  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with openflame.

  • Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal law, andregulations.

  • 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 andtrailheads.

    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 will remain 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!”