Forest Service plans burns in Sierra Madre range

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SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) - Crews on the Medicine Bow National Forest are hoping to conduct prescribed burns in the Sierra Madre range beginning as early as this week.

Both planned burns will be west of Encampment, on the Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District.

Crews plans to burn about 200 acres over one to two days this spring in the Divide Peak Prescribed Burn Project near the northwest corner of the Sierra Madre.

Crews plan to burn roughly another 200 acres in the Sandstone Prescribed Burn Project, which is on the west end of the Sierra Madre in Big Sandstone Canyon.

Burning in both areas will continue over coming years.

The exact date of the burns will depend on weather and fuel moisture conditions.

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