Winter burns begin today

Smoke may be present in the area

Several burning projects are planned for the Williams Ranger District starting today and lasting through the next week. Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest are planning to burn slash piles east of Sitgreaves Mountain and east of Williams near Sherwood Forest Estates. In addition, the Arizona State Forestry Division is preparing to burn on private property north of Williams today. The projects are dependent on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approval and weather conditions.

Over the next week, if approval is received and favorable weather conditions exist, forest fire personnel will be burning approximately 200 acres of slash piles near Spring Valley, eight miles north of Parks. Another project area is located 10 miles east of Williams and south of Interstate 40 near Sherwood Forest Estates. Personnel will be burning about 100 acres of slash piles in this location.

Also, the Arizona State Forestry Division in conjunction with the Rural Communities Fuels Management Partnership and city fire department personnel will be burning 15 acres on private property north of Williams near Lake Ellen today.

Managers expect smoke to drift northeast with forecasted light southwest winds. The general weather forecast calls for moisture to move into the Williams area through the end of the week. Fire personnel would like to accomplish the burns before too much moisture arrives.

Fire crews will patrol the burns to monitor fire spread. Smoke may be present for a while after ignition. Please be advised of smoke impacts in the local areas.

For more information on Kaibab National Forest burning, contact Punky Moore at (928) 635-5653. For additional information on Arizona State Forestry Division prescribed burning, contact Megan Date (928) 856-2297.

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