10/4/2009 9:43:00 AM Twin Fire remains at 1,000 acres High winds expected throughout today
Smoke is visible at the base of Bill Williams Mountain near the Escalante subdivision. The top of the mountain is shrouded by smoke.
WILLIAMS - The Twin Fire remains at approximately 1,000 acres this morning. Yesterday at 8 p.m., Van Bruggen's Type I Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire.
The Twin Fire is located south of Interstate 40 and one mile southwest of Williams, at the base of Bill Williams Mountain. Objectives remain to provide for firefighter and public safety, and minimize impacts to private and public property. Additional objectives include protecting the Bill Williams watershed, local heritage resources, communication sites, and federally listed species habitat.
Ground and air resources are available for suppression efforts today. Forest Service officials say higher humidity may aid firefighting efforts this morning; however, high winds are expected throughout the day. Although air tankers and helicopters are available, winds may be too strong to utilize these air resources.
Evacuation orders for the southwest area of Williams remain in effect. No new evacuations have been ordered. An evacuation center, with assistance from the Red Cross, has been set up at the Williams Elementary-Middle School, 601 N. Seventh St.
Bill Williams Mountain remains closed. The closure extends along Perkinsville Road (County Road 73) on the east, Forest Road 122 on the south, Interstate 40 to the north and Forest Road 108 on the west. The closure should not affect local residents' access.
The recreation area at Kaibab Lake is closed to public use to accommodate sleeping and eating areas for personnel on the Twin Fire.