Pile burning continues

WILLIAMS - Kaibab National Forest fire crews ignited 136 acres of slash piles on Jan. 11 in the Elk Lee project area on the Williams Ranger District. On Jan. 12, fire specialists prepared to burn 100 acres of piles in the Dogtown project area, approximately five miles southeast of Williams. The burning is dependent on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approval and appropriate conditions.

For the remainder of the week, managers plan to check piles in several areas of the forest to determine if they are available for burning. The piles are located in the following project locations:

• Pineaire - Approximately 300 acres, in Parks, north and east of the Maine Consolidated Elementary/Middle School (tentatively planned for Saturday).

• Prairie Knolls - Approx-imately 700 acres, north of Parks, near Government Mountain (tentatively planned for next week).

Specific days for burning and total acreage will be determined by current and predicted weather patterns. It is possible that burning in the Prairie Knolls project area may occur over several days depending on access to the piles and smoke impacts.

Ignition of the piles will begin early in the day, and smoke impacts will be closely monitored. Smoke may be present for several days after ignition.

For more information, visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/1880.

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