Pile burns continue tomorrow
Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest plan to continue pile burning on the Williams Ranger District Thursday, weather and conditions permitting. The burning projects include 100 acres of slash piles in the Spring Valley area eight miles north of Parks and slash piles at the Moonset and Three Sisters pits.
Slash piles in the Spring Valley area west of Forest Road 141 are the result of previous thinning projects. Moonset Pit is located just west of the Parks community on the north side of old Route 66. Three Sisters Pit is located three miles northwest of Williams and northwest of Elephant Rocks Golf Course. Community members use these pits to deposit debris cleared from their property. The use of the pits is a community service provided to help private citizens create defensible space and improve forest health in their communities.
According to Forest Service officials, pile burning is dependent on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approval, particular weather conditions and available personnel. Steady southwest winds should help transport smoke north and east away from these project areas. Light to moderate smoke impacts are expected around Elephant Rocks, Red Hill and Parks.
Forest fire crews will patrol the piles to monitor spread. Smoke may be present for several days after ignition. Prescribed burns reduce excess fuels on the forest and lessen the potential intensity of a wildland fire, according to Forest Service officials.
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