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10/2/2009 6:37:00 PM
Control burn out of control
Fire continues to grow
Staff Report/WGCN

WILLIAMS - A 1,000- acre control burn implemented yesterday has now burned an extra 150 acres as it continues to grow. Approximately 90 firefighters are on the ground and at least 60 more are on the way, according to Kaibab National Forest officials.

Ten air tankers from California have been ordered to fight the flames. The tankers are coming from California because all bases in Arizona have been closed.

The Twin Prescribed Burn project was ignited yesterday on the Williams Ranger District three miles southwest of Williams. The prescribed burn included the Twin Hat Tank and Twin South Hat units. The Hat Tank burn (711 acres) is located approximately three miles southwest of Williams, northwest of Bixler Mountain. The South Hat site (324 acres) is about six miles southwest of Williams near the junction of Forest Roads 108 and 122. Previous plans this week to burn on the City Northeast Freeway project east of Williams were cancelled due to unfavorable winds.

According to the National Weather Service, southwest winds between 13-16 mph are predicted tonight, with winds gusting as high as 28 mph. Winds will continue tomorrow between 15 and 18 mph, with winds gusting as high as 34 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of showers tomorrow night, mainly after 11 p.m. A 30 percent chance of showers exists prior to noon Sunday. On Sunday, winds will continue from the southwest at 16-19 mph, increasing to 30-33 mph with gusts as high as 47 mph.

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• Twin Fire remains at 1,000 acres
• Twin Fire at 1,000 acres
• Fire coming towards Williams
• Prescribed burns planned tomorrow

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Article comment by: Pat Smith

Pat is speechless. This never happens. People get too fired up in this town!

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Youlee Pardin

Uh Den Clark clearly you have some issues. This article is from 5 YEARS ago! YOU sir need new glasses.

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Don't worry, no forest service employee will get in trouble. They never do. Does everyone remember the last time they tried to burn down the town? No one was fired or suspended. Just yelled at. Great!

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Article comment by: Den Clark

I like to ride my mountain bike every morning.It seems like I have been breathing smoke the last 3 weeks.Can you please tell me by e mail when I can ride smoke free.I am a typ 2 diabetic and riding keeps blood sugar in check but I don't want it replaced by lung cancer.thx for your time. Please put out the fires

Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Article comment by: Your town is awesome.. But the forest service stinks!

I for one feel for you that live in the area. I do believe you are getting the shaft. The forest service does this every year just before the hunting season starts. They take our permits and licenses for a controlled burn effort. Now most of us that paid to go hunting in the lovely forest areas can't because of a fire the forest service started. I for one will try and pick a area that maybe won't be burned up during hunting season next year. You have a beautiful town and a great many people that cater to us that love to hunt in your forest. Thank you for your continued hospitality. But next year we will pick a different location to hunt in.

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

How many "control" burns does this make that have gotten out of control?? They worry so much about fires starting and the forest service causes more than anyone! I have a home in the Kaibab forest and am worried when they decide to "help" us out that they will burn our entire subdivision down. I was in the forest last week and see how they have stacks and stacks of trees to be burned. They are right under trees they haven't slaughtered. How can that be a safe burn? I say let nature take care of nature. Quit burning our forest. Go in and cut the already dead ones. For some reason they are left alone. Disgusted.

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009
Article comment by: Smoky Bear

Who, in their right mind, would do a "Controlled Burn" when the winds were forecast to be in the double digits? Who ever made this decision should be fired from their cushy government job and sent on their way. What a waste of taxpayer money and resources that could be put to better use. God forbid that anyone be injured or die from this stupid persons decision...if that were to happen, he/she should be prosecuted in court. Unbelievable!

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