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More acreage gained on Wild Horse Complex

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Wild Horse Complex continues to grow within the management area defined for the incident, 16 miles northeast of Williams. The Kaibab and Coconino National Forests are jointly managing the 13,049-acre Complex to achieve resource objectives.

Managers report moderate fire activity over the weekend as the Complex moves west toward Forest Road 144. Smoke from the Complex is visible from Flagstaff and outlying areas.

Some of the objectives managers are working to achieve on the Complex are reducing hazardous fuel accumulation, returning fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem, protecting range improvements and improving wildlife habitat. To date, actions taken to meet these objectives include removing vegetation along roads, fence lines and near cultural resource sites, hand igniting along containment boundaries and using aerial ignitions on ridges.

The incident management team expects to turn the fire back to the Williams Ranger District on Wednesday, Aug. 12. As activity winds down and the need for resources decrease, some personnel are being re-assigned to other fire incidents.

Forecasters are calling for a change in the weather with an increased chance of thunderstorms over the next few days. With partly to mostly cloudy conditions, fire behavior will likely decrease.

While there are no area closures associated with this incident, traffic may be limited on some roads near the fire. Visitors are advised to use caution when traveling on forest roads and watch for personnel and equipment.

For additional information, please visit the Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1781/ or contact Punky Moore, Kaibab N.F. Fire Information Officer, (928) 635-5653 or Brienne Magee, Coconino N.F. Public Affairs Officer (928) 527-8290.

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