More prescribed burns at Halsey National Forest

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HALSEY, Neb. (KNOP)--- The prescribed burns will continue today at the Nebraska National Forest at Halsey. Fire managers have been working since Saturday, and the Nebraska National Forest. They are hoping to treat up to 12,500 acres of native grasslands with hand and aerial ignitions.

The San Juan Hotshots are also on the ground helping prep for the burns. According to the National Forests and Grasslands Twitter Account, firefighters sometimes wait for winds to go down.

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ORIGINAL STORY: April 5, 2019
The weather is going to cooperate and officials will get to proceed with prescribed burns Saturday at the Nebraska National Forests.

Up to 12,500 acres of native grasslands will be burned.

A helicopter will be used to light the forest and grasslands from the air.

Smoke from the prescribed burns may be visible from Thedford, Dunning, Stapleton, Purdum, Highway 2, Highway 83, and other areas around the Middle Loup and Dismal Rivers.

Lingering smoke may be present for up to a week.