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US to use 'prescribed burns' in Vt National Forest

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2013 at 4:37 am •  Published: April 11, 2013

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says officials are going to be working with local fire departments in Vermont to set fires to portions of the Green Mountain National Forest as a management tool.

The use of what's called "prescribed fire" is a management tool to reduce accumulations of brush, to restore wildlife habitat, regenerate some growth and improve the condition of the watershed.

The fires are not expected to affect local residents, but smoke will be visible from surrounding areas.

The timing of the burns will depend on weather and conditions on the ground.

The Forest Service will announce details on the locations to be burned closer to the date the fires are being planned.