Pile burningactivity is occurring at multiple locations to the south and east of the City of Williams producing smoke that will be visible from various outlying locations around the greater Williams area. Burning is expected to continue through the remainder of this week as conditions allow. There are no road or trail closures expected with the pile burns planned for the Williams Ranger District. Fire managers will continue to seek opportunities throughout the winter to conduct pile burns as conditions allow.
Above average moisture levels accompanied by snow has presented model opportunities for crews on the Kaibab National Forest to continue implementing this type of fuels reduction work. Pile burns typically occur during the winter months when forest debris can be consumed safely with little to no control problems. This method is especially effective in steeper more difficult terrain when snow limits the potential for unwanted fire spread on the ground.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Monday January 13th, 2020 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||South Side of Bill Williams Mountain along FR 111 &122. North of Barney Flat. South of Scholz Lake.|
|Incident Commander||Ryan Rawlinson RXB2|
|Incident Description||Pile Burn|
|Coordinates||35.191 latitude, -112.192 longitude|
Hand Piles, Machine Piles
Crews will move between three locations this week from Garland Prairie to Bill Williams Mountain which will help minimize smoke impacts to specific areas and allow for quicker dispersion. Overnight ventilation is usually excellent with no residual smoke lingering by the following day.
Piles typically burn rapidly and produce far less smoke for shorter durations than larger broadcast burns over the landscape. The overall duration of these burns is influenced by daily weather conditions which determine the best days to burn effectively. Air quality will be monitored closely and actions will be taken as necessary to minimize the effects on adjacent residential areas.