Forest Service begins control burns today

Officials say smoke impacts will be minimal

Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest plan to begin pile burning on the Williams Ranger District this week. While the area still contains too much moisture to conduct the planned underburning, it is an appropriate time to burn piles, according to Forest Service officials.

The pile burning will take place on the Twin Project (north of Bixler Mountain), Dogtown Project (west of Woods subdivision) and the Elk Lee Project (west of Whitehorse Lake). Due to the outlying location of these projects, the Williams community should not be impacted by smoke. Ignition will begin today and continue through this week.

The piles will be monitored daily by forest fire crews to control spread. 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 nearby residences.

Fire managers work closely with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality during the implementation of these projects. Visit the following Web site for current air quality information in the Williams area: www.satguard.com/USFS/realtime/AZ.asp. Then, click on the red dot by Flagstaff.

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