The Big Horn National Forest announced in a news release Friday that smoke may appear periodically across the northern Wyoming area this fall, as they will be conducting a series of prescribed burns - about 3,500 acres worth - across different forest districts.
Burns are being conducted to improve wildlife habitat, increase range forage and reduce fuel loadings, according to the release.
Signs will be posted in areas to alert hunters and recreationalists of potential burning. Some burns may only last one day, as Forest Service will work to minimize the impact on recreational use.
Combined, about 2,000 acres targeting sagebrush and conifer encroachment trees will be burned on the Powder River Ranger District. Areas include the Battle Park area northwest of Meadowlark Lake and the Canyon Creek area near the forest boundary.
About 1,500 more combined acres of prescribed burn are planned on the Medicine Wheel Paintrock District. Controlled burns will be in Shell Canyon within the Bench Project timber sale boundary, and at the Mexican Hill and Mill Creek sites.
Many of the burns will take place in pile burns, or piles generated either mechanically or by hand to reduce fuel loadings and/or restore wildlife habitat in aspen and meadow areas, the release said.