Initial plans for the U.S. Forest Service spring prescribed burning projects are coming on-line.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has plans to burn about 322 acres in the Dry Gulch drainage 2 miles southwest of Divide in the Pioneer Mountains and another 350 acres burn between Sheep Creek and Sand Creek about 5 miles southeast of Wisdom in the Big Hole. Crews burn the areas to help the grass and shrub growth and improve wildlife forage.

On the Bitterroot National Forest, some smoke will be coming up from the Trapper Creek Job Corps Center, starting Wednesday, March 27, weather permitting. There are some piles of debris from the center and logging operations in the area. Smoke will be noticeable in the West Fork area.

KLYQ will keep you updated as more projects are planned in western Montana.