During the week of October 12, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

In an effort to lessen future wildfire hazards and enhance forest health, 224 acres of understory vegetation will be burned.

Operations may take from one to three days with residual smoke visible in the area.

This prescribed burn will be accomplished by a team of trained wildland fire fighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It will occur in a controlled manner under a tight set of prescribed conditions, which minimize impacts to wildlife and the public.

The exact day of the burn is dependent on favorable weather conditions and may occur anytime between October 12-30.