Forest Service plans several burns

Piles will be ignited next several weeks

WILLIAMS - As a continuation of our prescribed fire program, several burns are planned over the next few weeks on the Williams Ranger District. Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest are preparing to broadcast burn and ignite piles across the district depending on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approval and weather conditions.

Upon approval and with favorable conditions, tomorrow fire personnel will ignite 100 acres of slash piles near Spring Valley, eight miles north of Parks. Another 100 acres of piles are planned for ignition south of Interstate 40 and east of Sherwood Forest Estates. Smoke is expected to drift southeast with forecasted light northwest winds. Officials anticipate smoke impacts to I-40, Forest Road 141 and surrounding areas.

In addition, personnel are preparing several other burn units for upcoming ignition in the Twin Prescribed Burn Project. They include Twin Aerial (941 acres), South Hat (307 acres) and Hat (about 739 acres). The units are located south, west and northwest of Bill Williams Mountain.

Moisture is predicted in the Williams area through the end of the week. Some precipitation is needed in order to carry out the burns. Fire crews will patrol the burns to monitor fire spread. Please be advised of smoke impacts in the local areas.

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