Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest announce pile burning will occur on the Williams Ranger District tomorrow and Wednesday, depending on conditions and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approval. Personnel will burn slash piles resulting from earlier thinning as a continuation of the Forest Service's prescribed fire program.
The units total 227 acres south of Interstate 40 near Dogtown Lake. Managers plan to burn the piles before predicted moisture arrives this week. Personnel expect smoke to drift northward with little impact to Williams.
Forest fire crews will patrol the piles daily to monitor spread. Smoke may be present for several days after ignition. 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, according to Forest Service officials.