Control burns begin Monday
Ignition depends on wind patterns
WILLIAMS - A forecasted shift in the weather pattern will provide suitable conditions to implement prescribed burns on the Kaibab National Forest starting Monday. Planned projects include the Ten-X burn on the Tusayan Ranger District and the Twin and City burns on the Williams Ranger District. Winds are predicted to switch from this week's easterly component to a southwesterly direction, which will provide a good opportunity to work on these projects.
The Ten-X project is located four miles southeast of Tusayan between Forest Roads 302 and 303 covering approximately 2,000 acres. The project will begin Monday and continue over a period of days or weeks depending on weather and smoke production. While the project is under way, a temporary detour of the Arizona Trail will reroute users from Watson Tank onto FR 303 for about a mile.
On Tuesday, personnel plan to complete containment line work on the Twin burn located five miles south of Williams on the Williams District. Pending favorable weather, evening operations will occur on the south slope of Bill Williams Mountain near Twin Springs Road. Evening conditions with cool temperatures and diurnal winds will help prevent rapid fire spread while personnel ignite the 20-acre burn along a section of the northern containment line.
Later in the week on the Williams District, personnel intend to ignite the 300-acre City Northeast Freeway unit located east of Williams between Interstate 40 and Highway 64. Smoke will be present along portions of I-40. Please use caution traveling through the area.
Implementation of these projects is contingent on favorable weather and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approval. For more information on prescribed burns, visit the Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1878/.