Pile Burns Planned for Week of December 1, 2013
Williams AZ – Fire managers on the Williams and North Kaibab Ranger Districts are planning various pile burns for the week of December 1 2013. All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel. more
Northside Pile Burns: Tentative plans starting Tuesday December 3 2013 for 110 acres of pile burning near Holden Lake approximately 2 miles northwest of Williams. Smoke will be highly visible from Williams and I-40 but should have minimal impacts.
South Side Pile Burns: Tentative plans starting Tuesday December 3 2013 for 15 acres of pile burning near JD Dam. No smoke impacts predicted.
McCracken East Rx: 600 acres complete.
McCracken Cougar Park Rx: 539 acres complete.
Spring Valley Rx: 239 acres complete.
City SE Rx: 158 acres complete.
General Rx: This year the Williams Ranger District has prescribed (Rx) fire plans for approximately 13000 acres. However these numbers represent planned maximums while actual acres burned may be significantly less. Starting in early September fire managers will use prescribed fire as part of continuing efforts to improve forest health enhance public safety and return fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem. While Rx fire lowers the risk of severe wildfires on the forest there may be noticeable impacts such as smoke production.
Before a Rx fire notification will be provided through multiple channels including; email news releases Forest fire information line Inciweb Twitter flyers and the Forest website. Fire information boards public advisories and large signage will also be placed in the immediate fire management area.
During a Rx fire firefighter activity helicopter noise and smoke can all have a significant impact. Fire managers hope to minimize any inconvenience through careful planning and coordination. “We work closely with the National Weather Service and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality before and during prescribed burns to get things right and minimize impacts” said Fire Management Officer James Pettit. “A critical goal is to be good neighbors to our communities and adjacent landowners”. Conditions include correct temperature wind fuel moisture ventilation and relative humidity. When these criteria are met crews implement monitor and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers.
Immediately following a Rx fire browning of lower level pine needles may occur as the tree crown is raised. This is perfectly normal and healthy. Some areas are also part of long term project work where future timber marking paint mechanical thinning equipment and other impacts may occur.
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday December 04th, 2013 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||2 miles NW of Williams, AZ|
|Incident Commander||Jeff Sanocki|
Ponderosa Pine/ Grass Understory
Low to moderate fire behavior
Tentative plans starting Tuesday December 3, 2013 for 110 acres of pile burning near Holden Lake approximately 2 miles northwest of Williams.
Smoke will be highly visible from Williams and I-40, but should have minimal impacts.