Prescribed burn begins tomorrow

Dutch Unit located nine miles southwest of town

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest plan to ignite a prescribed burn tomorrow, depending on conditions and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approval. Unless the area receives measurable precipitation, personnel will burn approximately 2,200 acres on the Dutch Unit of the Twin Prescribed Burn Project, about nine miles southwest of Williams.

The project is bounded by Forest Road 108 on the north and on the west, south and east by the 41 Loop Road. The burn will be an aerial ignition. Of the planned 2,200 acres almost 1,200 acres were burned lightly in 2008. Managers expect minimal smoke from the burn due to this second entry on the unit and the vegetation on the unit, which is mostly pinyon juniper. Smoke impacts should be light by the holiday weekend.

Forest fire crews will patrol the area to monitor 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 communities, according to Forest Service officials.

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