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Sat, March 28

Rain affects fires

WILLIAMS - The most recent lightning-caused fires on the Kaibab National Forest continue to receive moisture from daily rain showers moving across northern Arizona. The one-acre Monday Fire is three miles east of Williams, just north of Interstate 40 and the Wild Horse Fire, about one acre, is 23 miles northeast of Williams and northwest of Kendrick Mountain.

When the fires started early this week, managers placed them in monitor status. Officials decided if the fires outlasted persistent rainstorms in the area, it was possible to manage them to achieve resource objectives such as returning fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem and improving wildlife habitat.

After a couple days of monitoring and evaluation, managers decided to stop forward progression on the Monday Fire. Officials made the decision based on several factors including the fire not meeting objectives for adequate fuel consumption, its location near Interstate 40, smoke production and current and expected weather conditions.

The Wild Horse Fire, on the other hand, is located in a suitable location where it can be managed to meet resource objectives if it continues to burn. It will stay in monitor status.

On the Cross Fire, 18 miles southeast of Williams, very little activity remains. The fire continues to receive precipitation each day. Personnel will patrol the 7,718-acre fire on a regular basis. Managers do not expect the fire to grow under the current weather conditions.

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