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Frye Fire


Frye Fire BAER Update August 28, 2017
Location: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest The Frye Fire Burned Area Response (BAER) process has recommended that 300 acres of unburned Douglas-fir forest be treated to reduce. more


Approximate Location

32.735 latitude, -109.872 longitude

Incident Overview

Big Rock Area

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A lightning strike ignited the Frye Fire on June 7, 2017 in the old burn scar of the 2004 Nuttall Complex Fire. Management of the Frye Fire has been turned back to the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation program is currently in place to treat the fire area.

The fire burned in steep rugged terrain on the slopes of Mt. Graham in the Pinaleño Mountain Range. After several days of scattered rains and higher relative humidity, the fire shows very little smoke. Most resources have been released or reassigned to other incidents. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will continue to work on the Frye Fire area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday June 07th, 2017 approx. 05:15 PM
LocationNorth and south side of Mt. Graham.
Incident CommanderScott Glaspie, Incident Commander
Incident Description Lightning Caused Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size48,443 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSunday July 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 Feet)

Chaparral (6 Feet)

The fire area consists of a complex fuel arrangement from the lower slopes to the top of Mt. Graham. Elevations range from 4,000 to over 10,000 ft. Fuels include large diameter dead standing and down fuels in the 14-year-old Nuttall Fire scar. Fuels on the lower elevations transition from grass to brush to chaparral. Mid-elevation vegetation consists of juniper, ponderosa pine, and pine/oak. Douglas-fir and spruce/fir populate the highest elevations of the mountain.

Significant Events

Minimal. Precipitation from thunderstorms along with cloud cover and higher relative humidity continues to minimize fire behavior across the area.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor the fire with ground resources. Continue fire suppression repair

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior continues to be minimized by monsoonal moisture (rain showers,clouds and higher relative humidity).


The area closure for the Frye Fire has been revised. The closure order and map are available on the Coronado National Forest site at:

Arizona Department of Transportation is clearing monsoon and fire-generated debris from Highway 366 daily.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Strong outflow winds, instability, and lightning

Unit Information

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Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701

Incident Contact

Safford Ranger District
Phone: 928-428-4150

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