A lightning strike ignited the Frye Fire on June 7, 2017 in the old burn scar of the 2004 Nuttall Complex Fire. The fire is currently being managed by the Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team. The Frye Fire covered 47,048 acres as of Wednesday morning, and was 51 percent contained. The cost of containment efforts was at $19.5 million.
The fire is burning is steep rugged terrain on the slopes of Mt. Graham in the Pinaleno Mountain Range. Firefighter and public safety is the highest priority. A variety of firefighting tactics are being used due to access limitations for safe firefighting, including direct line construction for fire suppression, indirect line, and point protection of structures, cultural and historic sites, and infrastructure. The objective is to keep the fire confined to National Forest System lands and keep it from burning onto adjoining state and private lands.
Fire personnel are assessing values at risk and options to limit high-severity fire effects to forest resources. Firefighters are monitoring fire behavior and growth and will take appropriate action if fire threatens any values.
The area closure for the Frye Fire includes 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.