- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - The National Park Service says it plans to conduct prescribed fires in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this month, pending weather conditions.

The agency said in a news release that burns could begin Friday. The planned fires include one near the Painted Canyon Overlook as well as an area between the Longhorn Flats pullout and the Little Missouri River.

According to the agency, the prescribed burns will provide natural firebreaks, helping to contain fires to desired areas.

Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross said in the release that prescribed fires are also an important tool in vegetation and habitat management.

Burns were canceled in years past due to extreme dry conditions.

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