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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

12/08/2021 Winter Pile Burns Begin on Kaibab National Forest at Various Locations
Williams, Arizona, January 3, 2022 — Prescribed fire pile burning will be occurring across the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest beginning the first week of January on both the Williams and.
News - 12/08/2021
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Fire managers on the Kaibab National Forest are well into the 2021 fall and 2022 spring prescribed fire burning season that began in October of this year. Prescribed fires will be occurring at multiple locations on the north zone and south zone of the Kabab National Forest.
The Grand Canyon National Park will also be conducting prescribed burns over the next few months on both the north and south rims.

Winter weather with snow on the ground present excellent opportunities every year for fire crews to burn and consume piled slash and woody debris left over from previous forest restoration projects.  For the month of January, approximately 1100 acres of piles south and southwest of the city of Williams are planned for burning with an additional 600 acres on the Tusayan Ranger District.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginThursday December 09th, 2021 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationSouth of Williams
Incident CommanderTyler Knight RXB3
Incident DescriptionPile Burning
Coordinates35.186 latitude, -112.217 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size1,100 Acres
Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine, Oak, Grasses

Significant Events

Pile Burns occurring on Williams & Tusayan Ranger Districts


Planned Actions

Operations will begin today on the Williams district near the peak of Bill Williams Mountain. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas of the community below.

Projected Incident Activity

Pile Burning on Bill Williams Mouintain.


Visitor's should always use extra caution when passing through any area where prescribed burns are occurring.

Burning piles typically produce far less smoke that broadcast burning. Igniting early in the day provides more time for smoke to lift and ventilate away reducing overnight inversion and long-term impacts to local areas.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke may be visible at times from highways and developed areas around these burns, however is expected to disperse rapidly during the day. Residual smoke may settle into drainages and low-lying areas overnight.