Frye Fire Update
Monday, June 26, 2017, 8:30 am
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
Greg Poncin, Incident Commander
June 7, 2017
Fire Information: (928) 362-2791 - 6 am – 8 pm
The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed command at 5:00 p.m. yesterday.
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ
Summary: Fire activity was minimal on the east and northeast edges of the fire and crews continued to monitor firelines in the area. There was also minimal fire activity on the northwest edge and firefighters continue to patrol the area. In the Snow Flat and Turkey Flat areas, there was increased fire activity due to winds from thunderstorm activity. Crews continue to work toward reinforcing structure protection around Turkey Flat cabins. Heavy helicopters supported firefighters in the Snow Flat area to minimize fire growth. Today, Highway 366 will be patrolled and scouted for potential control lines. Last night’s thunderstorms produced minimal rain amounts with 4/100ths of an inch reported at Noon Creek. Overall dry conditions are expected today with a 10% chance of dry thunderstorms after 2:00 p.m. with winds from the east.
The fire is being managed for multiple objectives; Monitoring, Point Zone Protection of Infrastructure and Full Suppression in areas safe for fire fighter access. Operational objectives are at 39 % completion.
Overnight, dozer operators scouted for potential defensible lines using existing roads in the Fort Grant area.
Bar X Fire – Detected June 21, 2017. Size: 2,755 acres Personnel: 100 and staffed overnight Cause: Lightning Percent Contained: 100%; The Bar X fire is located about five miles south of Ladybug Peak.
Closures: The Area Closure for the Frye Fire has been expanded to include all campgrounds, roadways and trail systems within the 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 The closure will remain in effect until rescinded.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 is available on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5221/35695/
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest.
Beginning June 26, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited: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
For further information, please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF.
Jurisdictional Agencies: The Northern Rockies National Incident Management will continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service, Coronado National Forest and the State of Arizona.
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!”