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Firefighters responding to two small fires in Kaibab National Forest

Firefighters are responding to a fire from a lightning strike on Bill Williams Mountain. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

Firefighters are responding to a fire from a lightning strike on Bill Williams Mountain. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Crews are responding to two new fire starts on the Williams Ranger District.

A lightning storm passing through the area the evening of July 20 started a new fire on the northeast side of Bill Williams Mountain’s steep slope area. It was reported at approximately 5:45 a.m. this morning. The Bill fire is currently at 3/10th of an acre. Smoke is visible from town. Crews hiked up from the ski area early this morning and responded with a full suppression strategy. Six firefighters built line around the fire and are now mopping up.

Additionally, a new start was reported last night on the southwest side of Sitgreaves Mountain, above 8,000 feet elevation. Two engines are responding this morning to assess this fire and are implementing a full suppression strategy.

For information about the Kaibab National Forest, contact any of our offices, visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab or by following @KaibabNF on Facebook and Twitter.

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