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Next Phase Of Forest Thinning On Bill Williams Mountain To Begin This Month

Phase Two of hazardous fuel removal from the steep slopes of Bill Williams Mountain is beginning this month. Crews have begun preparing roads, clearing a helicopter landing site, delivering supplies and equipment to get ready for the chopper that will begin carrying material from 176 acres of the mountain. Residents of the Williams area will notice the helicopters flying around seven days a week during the daylight hours. The Forest Service is issuing a temporary closure of the area for public and crew safety. The first 300 acres of the project were successfully completed at the end of 2020 and officials hope to complete this stage of thinning before the winter season approaches. There are around 725 acres left on the mountain that have been identified as the next phases of the project.