Forest Service to burn 3,200 Acres near Williams
Forest service fire managers may start a prescribed fire as soon as Monday in the City SE and McCracken East project areas 4 miles southeast of Williams, Ariz. along County Road 73.
At approximately 3200 acres, the burn will be the largest single prescribed burn of the fall on the Williams Ranger District. All prescribed fire activity is dependent on regional Forest Service approval, personnel availability, weather - including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ.
The fire will likely produce a significant amount of smoke. Managers hope to limit the affect of the smoke on residents by conducting all burning over a 4 to 5 day time period.
"Smoke is a trade-off for having a healthy forest in a fire adapted ecosystem" said Fire Information Officer Holly Krake. "By reaching out to thousands of people in our local communities, we hope to give as much advance notice as possible and minimize negative smoke impacts".
Fire managers predict daytime smoke to generally disperse to the northeast. Overnight smoke may settle in and around Williams, Sycamore Canyon, the Verde Valley and surrounding areas. A smoke column will be highly visible from Williams and adjacent portions of I-40.
Fire activity updates are available 24 hours-a-day at the Fire Information Line at (928) 635-8311.
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