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1:01 AM Sat, Feb. 16th

Nature: Pile burning planned in Northern Arizona forests

WILLIAMS (AP) - Wind conditions permitting, Kaibab National Forest fire managers plan to burn slash piles on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts in Northern Arizona.

Approximately 130 acres of piles was scheduled to be ignited this week seven miles southeast of Williams, and about 60 acres of piles may be ignited three miles southwest of Tusayan.

Smoke is expected to disperse west, southwest of the project units and will likely settle in low-lying areas.

Piles are made of stacked tree slash cut during thinning projects.

Officials say burning the piles returns important nutrients to the soil.