BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a news release from the U.S. Forest Service Office of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Fire officials from the Dillon Ranger District have begun burning activities which may result in visible smoke over the next few weeks through mid-May. Firefighters will conduct two burns in the Grasshopper Hazardous Fuels Project area.

The Grasshopper fuels reduction project was approved in 2005 using stewardship authority and involves: timber harvest; fuels reduction treatments adjacent to the wildland urban interface; understory thinning; and prescribed burning.

The burning to be conducted includes a 100 acre jackpot burn and a 66 acre understory burn. Travelers and residents of the area may see smoke from these burns and are cautioned to drive carefully.

Fire crews will burn under prescribed conditions and monitor these burns after ignition to ensure the burns do not burn outside their boundaries. For more information regarding these controlled burns, contact either Jud Hammer or Brian Anderson at the Dillon Ranger District at (406) 683-3900.

Key Points: Two burns will be conducted near Maverick Mountain, a 100 acre burn and a 66 acre understory burn. Travelers may see smoke and are cautioned to drive carefully.