Forest Services plans fires in Vermont

By: The Associated Press
April 23, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain National Forest is planning fires this spring to treat about 300 to 400 acres of national forest land in Vermont.

The Forest Service says the prescribed fire will be used to reduce heavy accumulations of brush to restore critical wildlife habit, regenerate growth and improve watershed conditions.

Officials say the fires in the coming weeks will not impact local residents except that they may see and smell smoke. The Forest Service is working with local fire departments in planning the fires.

The timing is dependent on the weather and vegetation conditions. The Forest Service plans to announce more details and burn locations closer to the date of the fires.

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