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Frye Fire Update - June 24, 2017
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ Start Date: June 7, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 35,569 acres Percent Contained: 29% Vegetation:... more


Approximate Location

32.735 latitude, -109.872 longitude

Incident Overview

Updated Frye Fire Map - June 24, 2017

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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. An indirect strategy is being taken to confine and contain the fire within the previous burn scar, to provide firefighter safety from the numerous snags, rough terrain and numerous downed logs. Fire personnel are assessing values at risk and options to limit high-severity fire effect to forest resources. Firefighters are monitoring fire behavior and growth and will take appropriate action if fire threatens any values.

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 CommanderA. Sinclair Type 2 Team
Incident Description

Current Situation

Total Personnel943
Size35,562 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained39%
Estimated Containment DateSunday July 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 Feet)

Chaparral (6 Feet)

Large diameter dead standing and down fuels in Nuttal Fire scar. Fuels downslope are predominantly brush and grass with some decadent stands of chaparral.

Significant Events

Moderate, Backing, Uphill Runs.

Fire has shaded itself today. Mostly backing fire with a few short lived uphill runs.


Planned Actions

Continue to scout and improve control lines and perform burn out operations as necessary. Develop and implement structure protection plans as needed. Continue checking fire spread with aerial resources. Utilize M.A.P. guidelines provided.

Projected Incident Activity

Lower wind speeds and higher RH's are forecast over the next few days. This will result in decreased fire activity throughout the fire area. The fire will have moderate fire spread mainly backing with a few short lived uphill runs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cold front will oscillate back and forth across eastern and southeastern Arizona the next few days, bringing slightly cooler temperatures to the Frye Fire area. Along with the cooler temperatures, the fire is expected to see higher humidity's and increased chances for afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Front looks to move back east Sunday afternoon with dry westerly winds returning, but then return Monday morning. Going to see slight chance to low end chance thunderstorms each day through Tuesday. Expect pretty good overnight humidity recoveries that will aid in keeping fire in check.

Unit Information

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Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Tucson, 04 85701

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