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Tue, Aug. 04

Kaibab National Forest closes Bill Williams Mountain watershed

On Friday, Conny J. Frisch, Kaibab National Forest supervisor issued an order closing the Bill Williams Mountain watershed area.

Reasons listed for the closure include the extreme fire danger currently being experienced on the Kaibab National Forest coupled with the prediction for continued hot and dry weather. This temporary closure was determined necessary for the protection of life and property, as well as for the protection of national forest resources.

The area affected by the closure order includes all National Forest System lands, roads and trails administered by the Kaibab National Forest within the Bill Williams Mountain watershed as shown.

The eastern boundary of the closed area can be described at Forest Service Road 173 (Perkinsville Highway) from Williams to the junction of that road and Forest Service Road 122 (Twin Springs Road). The southern boundary of the closed area is Forest Service Road 122 west to Forest Service Road 108 (Bill William Loop Road). The western boundary of the area is Forest Service Road 108 to the Devil Dog Interchange on Interstate Highway 40. The northern boundary of the closed area is Interstate 40 east to Williams.

In conjunction with this, the City of Williams has closed Buckskinner Park, located at the south end of Sixth Street since it encompasses a portion of the watershed. As a result, the Bill Williams Buckskinners black powder shoot slated for this weekend has been canceled. Traders row has been moved to downtown Williams.

Violations of the closure constitute a Class B misdemeanors punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $ 10,000 for persons other that an individual, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

On May 10, 1996 the Bill Williams Mountain watershed was temporarily closed as well as the Kendrick Mountain watershed. On May 22, 1996 the closure was extended to include the entire Kaibab National Forest.

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