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2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 07 2017 7:18 pm
by cactuscat
Brand new fire going on Mt. Graham ... I assume it was started by lightning from the storm that passed through. It's not on Inciweb yet. I can see it from my house, but I am not great with the landmarks up there ... guessing it's in Marijilda Canyon or somewhere nearby.

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 19 2017 5:43 pm
by trekkin_gecko
that has to be hard to watch
john and I were overlooking ash creek falls one year ago today

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 19 2017 5:55 pm
by cactuscat
@trekkin_gecko
Yeah ... no fun on this mountain this summer. :(

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 21 2017 5:23 pm
by cactuscat
Over 17,000 acres now, active on all fronts, largest active fire in AZ, multi-million dollar International Observatory saved through heroic effort, 600-700 hundred people working ... barely a mention in Phoenix news.
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Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 22 2017 11:36 am
by cactuscat
@rwstorm
Good article. I figured that was back burn I was photographing last night. Good news is the aircraft are up today - I wouldn't be surprised if they start dipping water from Roper. Was astonished to see it burn so low yesterday and today.
I do believe the whole mountain will be black by the time this is over.

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 22 2017 6:06 pm
by hikeaz
Now strep hits the fire crew (hopefully disassociated from the Roper incident)
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/artic ... um=twitter

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 23 2017 11:56 am
by cactuscat
Just got latest update - almost 30,000 acres now and "expected to reach Turkey Flat" :(
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Taken minutes ago from Dankworth Pond - I think that was Noon Creek Picnic area or Arcadia Campground going up.
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Sprinkler system at Turkey Flat.

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 23 2017 4:17 pm
by PrestonSands
I'm going to assume that the majority of the forest on the mountain will become a moonscape of blackened matchsticks, as most of the photos and reports coming out seem to show extensive tree torching and plumes. I really want to see more photos from up there, and some new infrared or progression maps, just to have some hope, though. Graham means so much to myself and to Gila Valley residents, and watching this devastation is almost unbearable.

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 24 2017 11:32 am
by outdoor_lover
Super Depressing...Makes me Doubly Regret not getting there this last Year... I imagine it will be quite awhile before I return.... Time to find a new Favorite Place in the State I guess.... Coronado's Management of this Sky Island is the worst I've ever seen... :(

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 25 2017 8:37 pm
by cactuscat
Heavy rain right now - feeling hopeful!
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Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 26 2017 10:14 am
by jonathanpatt
"Last night’s thunderstorms produced minimal rain amounts with 4/100ths of an inch reported at Noon Creek."

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5221/35861/

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 26 2017 11:23 am
by cactuscat
@jonathanpatt
Well that's pretty sorry. Haven't checked my rain gauge yet, but I know we got quite a bit more than that at Roper!

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jun 26 2017 5:45 pm
by cactuscat
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Almost a third of an inch at Roper ...

Some Mt. Graham rec sites survive Fyre Fire

Posted: Jul 10 2017 7:29 pm
by SkyIslandHiker
Here’s good news for people who love recreation sites in the cool forests of Mount Graham near Safford: Many of the sites have so far escaped the ravages of the Frye Fire that has scorched more than 48,000 acres around the mountain...
Sites including the Noon Creek, Ash Creek, Soldier Creek, Squirrel Camp and Riggs Flat Lake areas show no apparent damage in photos from the Coronado National Forest.
http://tucson.com/news...

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

Posted: Jul 16 2017 5:00 pm
by joebartels