ENNIS, Mont -

The following is a news release from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Fire officials from Madison Ranger District will soon begin prescribed fire activity which may result in visible smoke from mid-September and continuing through the end of November.

Firefighters will be burning piles throughout the Gravelly Mountain Range in southern Madison County.  The areas include Upper Ruby River valley, Timber Creek and in the vicinity of Short Creek, as well as any roadside piles throughout the district.

Fire crews will burn under prescribed conditions and monitor these burns after ignition to ensure they stay with prescribed boundaries.

Travelers and residents between Lyons Bridge, Vigilante and Harris Creek of the southern part of the Tobacco Roots may see smoke from these burns, however little impact from the smoke is expected.

For information regarding these prescribed burns, contact the Madison Ranger District in Ennis at (406) 682-4253.