- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) - Fire managers for part of a national forest in northern Arizona plans five projects for prescribed burns totaling 30 square miles this fall and next spring.

About 60 percent of the acreage targeted for prescribed burns in the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest is located northeast of Williams, while the remainder is planned east and south of the city.

Forest officials say several projects could begin as early as mid-August and that ignition of specific areas will depend on fuel moistures and weather conditions.

The Forest Service says fire helps maintain the ecological stability of many landscapes and that managers use prescribed burns to reduce risks associated with wildfires that can pose significant threats to public health and safety.

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