Schools closed in Williams tomorrow

Twin Fire from Devil Dog Road along I-40 west of Williams. Copyright 2009 by Marv Mason.

Twin Fire from Devil Dog Road along I-40 west of Williams. Copyright 2009 by Marv Mason.

The Williams Unified School District has closed the High School and Elementary school for an indefinite period of time because the fire danger in Williams remains high. School Superintendent Steve Hudgens notified the parents Sunday night and said that they would watch the situation from day-to-day.

Evacuations are still in effect.

The Twin Fire, near the scenic Grand Canyon community of Williams, Arizona, started as a controlled burn on October 2 that jumped the line. The fire burned over 1000 acres in the Kaibab National Forest and threatened the south-east corner of the City.

Homes and businesses in that area were evacuated and Mayor John Moore of the City of Williams said he hopes that people will be able to return to their homes soon.

Smoke can still be seen from the burned area, but the smoke in the town has cleared. Though no rain fell today and high winds threatened to cause a flare-up, it was quite on the fire line as firefighters patrolled the area for hot spots.

A view of the fire from Devil Dog Road West of Williams, taken by longtime Williams resident Marv Mason, shows just how narrowly the City of Williams escaped danger.

Helicopters dip in Santa Fe dam for water to fight the fire.

Helicopters dip in Santa Fe dam for water to fight the fire.

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