Forest Service prepares to burn piles
Frenchy Project includes 200 acres
WILLIAMS - Next week, managers are planning to ignite slash piles on several units within the Frenchy Project on the Kaibab National Forest. Burning on approximately 200 acres, south of Interstate 40 and eight miles east of Williams, may be implemented throughout the week if conditions allow.
Pending Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approval and favorable weather conditions, burning may occur on units east of Sherwood Forest Estates, east of Horse Mountain, near Mineral Lake and by Whitehorse Lake. Fire managers are also planning to burn 25 acres of slash piles on the Elk Lee Project located 12 miles southeast of Williams, near Forest Road 105 and J.D. Dam.
The forecast is calling for a chance of precipitation beginning Sunday. Precipitation is needed in order to initiate the pile burning.
The burns will be ignited by hand and ignition should be completed by early afternoon to allow for good smoke dispersal. Forecasted southwesterly winds should transport smoke away from Williams during the day with light smoke expected in the local area overnight.
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