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Mon, March 30

Control burn out of control
Fire continues to grow

WILLIAMS - A 1,000- acre control burn implemented yesterday has now burned an extra 150 acres as it continues to grow. Approximately 90 firefighters are on the ground and at least 60 more are on the way, according to Kaibab National Forest officials.

Ten air tankers from California have been ordered to fight the flames. The tankers are coming from California because all bases in Arizona have been closed.

The Twin Prescribed Burn project was ignited yesterday on the Williams Ranger District three miles southwest of Williams. The prescribed burn included the Twin Hat Tank and Twin South Hat units. The Hat Tank burn (711 acres) is located approximately three miles southwest of Williams, northwest of Bixler Mountain. The South Hat site (324 acres) is about six miles southwest of Williams near the junction of Forest Roads 108 and 122. Previous plans this week to burn on the City Northeast Freeway project east of Williams were cancelled due to unfavorable winds.

According to the National Weather Service, southwest winds between 13-16 mph are predicted tonight, with winds gusting as high as 28 mph. Winds will continue tomorrow between 15 and 18 mph, with winds gusting as high as 34 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of showers tomorrow night, mainly after 11 p.m. A 30 percent chance of showers exists prior to noon Sunday. On Sunday, winds will continue from the southwest at 16-19 mph, increasing to 30-33 mph with gusts as high as 47 mph.

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