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Thu, Sept. 24

Wild Horse Complex receives moisture

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Wild Horse Complex received measurable precipitation Wednesday and growth has stopped for now. It is estimated at 13,683 acres, approximately 16 miles northeast of Williams.

There are five personnel assigned to the incident to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter. Officials expect limited additional growth given current conditions.

As hunting season approaches, the public should use caution while traveling and scouting in the area. Please watch for fire-weakened trees, smoldering logs, rolling debris and hidden stump holes.

"The Wild Horse Complex was an excellent opportunity for the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests to develop and implement a plan together to manage fire for resource objectives," said Martie Schramm, Williams District Ranger. "This was an efficient, safe operation and we look forward to future opportunities to manage fire with our neighboring forests."

Some of the management objectives identified for the Complex included reducing hazardous fuel accumulation, returning fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem, protecting range improvements and improving wildlife habitat. Actions taken to meet these objectives involved removing vegetation along roads, fence lines and near cultural resource sites, hand igniting along containment boundaries and using aerial ignitions within the interior of the management area.

There is a good chance of thunderstorms in the forecast today and tomorrow. Lightning with Wednesday's storms caused a number of new starts on the Kaibab National Forest. Fire crews have responded to several small fires, all of which have been contained.

This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs. 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.

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