FRYE FIRE UPDATE

Release Date: Jul 14, 2017  

July 14, 2017: 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

 

Websites:

Frye Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5221/

Coronado National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF

 

Start Date:  June 7, 2017                  Size:  approximately 48,443 acres   

 

Percent Contained:  91%                 Cause:  Lightning

The Arizona Department of  Transportation (ADOT) has announced the opening of a portion of State Highway 366 accessing the Pinaleño Mountains in Coronado National Forest, southeast of Safford, Arizona. This portion of the highway has been closed due to the Frye Fire.

State Highway 366 will be open up to Ladybug Saddle. All portions of the Highway 366, side roads connecting to 366, trails, and camping sites beyond Ladybug Saddle will be closed to all traffic, including by foot. The closure order is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd546752.pdf   

ADOT will be evaluating State Highway 366 regularly, and will close the road to public access when road conditions are determined to be hazardous. Unless ADOT has the road open, the Coronado National Forest lands beyond the closure are closed. Call Arizona 511 for a recording of road conditions and closures before heading up Highway 366. Fire personnel will still be using State Highway 366, along with contractors. Please use extra caution while driving.

The size of the Frye Fire temporary area closure has been reduced, and a new closure order issued.  This allows restricted access to some of the campgrounds and the summer homes at Turkey Flat.

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 transferred command responsibility for the Frye Fire back to the Coronado National Forest as of 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. A Type 3 incident management team led by Manuel Martinez will continue to work on fire suppression and repair.

Most resources have been released from the Frye Fire. Two twenty-person hand crews and two fire engines will continue to look for residual heat. They will also be completing more repair work, including chipping woody debris along the roads. Signs, flagging, and other trash will be removed from the fire area. A helicopter will be available to assist the firefighters as needed.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team continues to work on plans to stabilize slopes and reduce the potential impacts from the burn.

The Upper and Lower Arcadia Campgrounds will be closed until July 24, 2017 for administrative use.

Fire Restrictions:  Coronado National Forest is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. 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 engage 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 prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands.