Prescribed fires start Saturday on Fort Wainwright and the Yukon Training Area

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FAIRBANKS, AK You may see and smell smoke on your drive to or from North Pole over the next month.

Starting Saturday, May 2, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service and the U.S. Army Alaska will start setting prescribed fires on Fort Wainwright and the Yukon Training Area.

Prescribed burns are fires that are intentionally set under controlled conditions to remove dry and dead grass, and lower the risk of wildfires that could impact nearby communities.

Officials say removing the hazardous vegetation in the spring under more moderate conditions allows for the greatest degree of control and the lowest risk of negative impacts, such as smoke.

The prescribed burning may continue through May 31, as weather conditions allow.

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