Crews Prepare for Government Prairie Prescribed Fire
Incident: Williams Ranger Dist. Projects Prescribed Fire
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Kaibab National Forest fire managers are preparing to implement the Government Prairie grassland burn Friday, January 20. The 1,000-acre unit is 16 miles northeast of Williams and northeast of Parks.
The National Weather Service predicts southwest winds Friday and a chance of showers over the weekend. Smoke will be visible along portions of I-40 during operations and will likely settle in the local area overnight. Managers expect smoke to decrease in volume rapidly once ignitions end in the afternoon.
The goals of the burn are to reduce the encroachment of trees and shrubs, enhance grass and forbs production, and return fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem. The ignition of all burns is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, favorable environmental conditions, and ADEQ approval. Fire crews implement, monitor, and patrol each project to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined in prescribed fire plans.
For additional information, please call Punky Moore, Fire Information Officer, 928-635-5653.