- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LABARGE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is planning to burn slash piles in the LaBarge area over the next several days, weather permitting.

The slash piles are the remains of pine trees the BLM removed to encourage growth of aspen trees.

BLM officials say burning the slash piles not only will remove the brush but reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area 18 miles southwest of LaBarge.

The projects are part of a 10-year effort by the BLM and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to improve forest health and wildlife habitat along the Wyoming Range eastern front.

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