The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will be burning slash piles south and west of Casper beginning as soon as today, according to a news release from Brady Owens in the bureau's Casper Field Office.

The slash piles and debris on Muddy Mountain, Casper Mountain, and the Bates Creek area were created from forest health and hazardous fuels reductions projects on BLM-administered lands covered by the Casper Field Office.

The forest health and hazardous fuels projects are intended to improve the health of aspen woodlands, ponderosa and lodgepole pine communities.

The BLM also wants to proactively reduce hazardous fuel levels in Wildland Urban Interface and high traffic recreation areas in cooperation with state and local partners.

Burning may begin as early as today and may continue until the spring of 2018 as conditions allow.

All prescribed burn projects will be conducted in accordance with approved burn plans.