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Kaibab NF South Zone Rx Fire

Unit Information

Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046

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Incident Contacts

Kaibab National Forest
Phone: 928-635-8200

Bob Blasi
Phone: 928-635-5653

Highlighted Activity

01/15/2020 Pile Burns Producing Visible Smoke Around Greater Williams Area This Week
WILLIAMS, Ariz., Jan. 15, 2020 - Pile burning activity is occurring at multiple locations to the south and east of the City of Williams producing smoke that will be visible from various outlying...
News - 01/15/2020
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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.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday January 13th, 2020 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationSouth Side of Bill Williams Mountain along FR 111 &122. North of Barney Flat. South of Scholz Lake.
Incident CommanderRyan Rawlinson RXB2
Incident DescriptionPile Burn
Coordinates35.191 latitude, -112.192 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel25
Size700 Acres
Fuels Involved

Hand Piles, Machine Piles


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture Forecasted