- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Green Mountain National Forest officials say they will be using prescribed fire to thin 200 to 300 acres of forest land in the coming weeks.

The Forest Service will be working with local fire departments to reduce heavy accumulations of grass and brush, to cut back on the potential for large uncontrolled wildfires and to restore wildlife habitat.

Forest Service officials say prescribed fire restores declining wildlife habitat and improves watershed conditions.

They say the areas where the burns are planned are overgrown with thick brush and have been identified as critical wildlife habitat.

The Forest Service will announce more details on burn locations in the coming weeks.

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