FRYE FIRE: 48,443 acres; containment nears 90 percent

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 12, 2017 at 10:32 AM MST
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Frye Fire perimeter as of June 24. (Source: JMH SWIMT3)
Frye Fire perimeter as of June 24. (Source: JMH SWIMT3)

Mt. GRAHAM, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Frye Fire burning southwest of Safford, AZ, remained relatively unchanged at 48,443 acres and containment grew to 88 percent as of Wednesday, July 12.

A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Thatcher Middle School Cafetorium, 1300 N. Fourth Avenue, in Thatcher.

Command of the fire will transition from the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 5 to Coronado National Forest Type 3 management organization on the evening of Thursday, July 13.

At least two structures have been destroyed, but no injuries have been reported.

The monsoon has brought precipitation to the area, which has lessened the fire activity, but increased the risk of ash and sediment flowing during storm runoff. There is potential for flooding in all areas downstream from the Frye Fire area.

The cost of fighting the fire has risen to $24.1 million, according to a news release on July 12.

The fire is burning in timber, brush, chaparral, and heavy downed timber left behind by the Nuttall Complex Fire in 2004.

There are 300 people assigned to the fire. Crews and equipment include four hand crews, three camp crews, seven engines, three helicopters, two dozers, and four water tenders.

The Frye Fire was started by lightning on the evening of June 7.


No evacuation orders are in place, but an Area Closure is in effect for all campgrounds, roadways and trails within the Coronado National Forest boundary in the Pinaleño Mountains with the exception of Highway 266 from the eastern forest boundary to the western forest boundary. The full closure order and map is available HERE.


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