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Sun, Nov. 29

Prescribed Fire Update
Burns may continue tomorrow

Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest will continue the Twin and Elk Lee prescribed burn projects on the Williams Ranger District Thursday and Friday upon approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Planned burning will occur across 500 acres each day and will be located 10 miles south of Williams. The Elk Lee unit is located three miles west of Whitehorse Lake and the Twin unit is located west of County Road 73, on the south side of Forest Road 108.

Officials said that, because the proposed burn is dependent on specific weather and fuel conditions, burns might be adjusted to correspond with changes in fall weather. Last week, both the Twin and Elk Lee projects were interrupted by thunderstorms moving over the burn area. As a result, the total acreage planned for each project area was not accomplished. With the return of drier conditions, burning is planned to resume.

Organizers said they understand that smoke created as a result of burning projects affects people in the community. This week, fire managers did not burn additional acreage in the City project due in part to a stable air mass that is preventing good smoke dispersal and contributing to morning haze in Williams. Light winds are predicted for Thursday and Friday, which should help smoke distribution.

The Williams area is under the influence of multiple burns that are occurring across northern Arizona. In an effort to protect the community from the threat of future large fires and to improve forest health, fire officials asked for the public's patience and tolerance to smoke during the prescribed fire season.

For more information, please call Fire Information Officer Punky Moore at (928) 635-5653.

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