Winds Turn Planned Fire into 900 Acre Wildfire in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest

WILLIAMS, Ariz., Oct. 3 (UPI) — A 900-acre controlled burn in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest became a wildfire when winds shifted unexpectedly, authorities said.

The fire near Williams had burned at least 150 acres outside the planned area as of late Friday, Fire Information Officer Punky Moore said.

The fire jumped the line Thursday when northeast winds shifted to the southwest, Moore told The Arizona Republic in a story published Saturday.

Ninety firefighters were working to suppress the blaze on the northeast side with 10 air tankers and three crews from California expected to assist in the effort, Moore said.

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