Forest Service prepares to burn Dutch Unit
Project is nine miles southwest of town
WILLIAMS - Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest announce prescribed burning will occur on the Williams Ranger District this week, depending on conditions and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approval. If ADEQ endorses the burn request and fuel moisture levels, temperature, wind and relative humidity are within the planned "prescription," personnel will burn approximately 2,200 acres on the Dutch unit of the Twin Prescribed Burn Project.
Approval for this particular project was previously requested twice this season. Each time, the weather changed and conditions became unsuitable to carry out the burn. Personnel are currently checking the unit again for possible implementation. The project is about nine miles southwest of Williams, bounded by Forest Road 108 on the north and on the west, south and east by the 41 Loop Road.
The burn will be an aerial ignition and will be completed in one day. Of the planned 2,200 acres almost 1,200 acres were burned lightly in 2008. Managers expect low to moderate smoke impacts from the burn due to this second entry and light fuels across the unit. Smoke may drift into Williams and the Verde Valley.
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