Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest announce the beginning of pile burning on the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts as weather and conditions permit. Personnel will burn slash piles resulting from earlier thinning in several areas of the forest as a continuation of the Forest Service's prescribed fire program.
The projects around Williams include Dogtown (573 acres), and City (199 acres). Additional piles are located south of Williams in the Twin and Pineaire Projects, east of town in the Beacon and Brannigan units and north of town in Spring Valley, and Kaibab Lake Campground Project areas.
On the Tusayan district, fire personnel will burn 130 acres of piles south of town and west of State Highway 64. The work in this area is a part of the Tusayan South Wildland Urban Interface fuels reduction project. The piles will be patrolled daily by forest fire crews to monitor spread. Smoke may be present for several days after ignition.
According to Forest Service officials, prescribed burns are used to reduce excess fuels on the forest floor and produce healthier habitats. These projects will help to ensure that future fires in the area remain at a lower level of intensity, providing protection for firefighters and communities.