Wild Horse Fire approaches 800 acres
WILLIAMS - The Wild Horse Fire, 16 miles northeast of Williams on the Kaibab National Forest, has grown to 768 acres. A wind shift occurred Thursday afternoon, transporting smoke southwest of the fire in the direction of Spring Valley and Pumpkin Center.
Today, personnel will continue working to the south and east of the fire, preparing boundaries, wildlife developments and cultural sites in advance of expected fire spread. There are 50 personnel assigned to the incident including an Arizona State Forestry Fire Crew, a Wildland Fire Module, a Kaibab engine, helicopter and helitack crew, water tender and several operational personnel.
The Wild Horse Fire is burning in close proximity to the 300-acre Red Fire, which is on the Coconino National Forest, west of Highway 180 near Red Mountain. A plan is in place to manage the two fires under one organization starting Saturday.
"Both forests working under one organization managing the two fires is the most effective and efficient way to do business," said Joe Reinarz, Incident Commander of the Wild Horse Fire.
The Wild Horse Fire is being managed to achieve resource objectives including returning fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem, protecting and improving range developments and wildlife habitat and managing smoke production. The fire continues to meet managers' expectations as it progresses within the area planned for the incident.
The weather service is forecasting a change in the current weather pattern beginning early next week. There is an increased chance of moisture in this system.
For additional information, visit the Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1764/.