- Associated Press - Friday, April 11, 2014

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Firefighters on the Bighorn National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns over the next several weeks. The burns could begin as soon as mid-April and continue through late spring.

Forest officials say they plan to conduct burns on about 1,800 acres in the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District and about 1,500 acres in the Tongue Ranger District.

The Forest Service conducts prescribed burns each year to reduce fuel loading, improve habitat for wildlife, and increase range forage. It only conducts burns when weather conditions are favorable and before vegetation green-up occurs. Smoke may be visible from surrounding communities.

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