The fires started Friday and will last until Sunday, Oct. 29. One will occur near Diamondfield Jack campground and the other will be near Oakley Elba Pass.

The prescribed fire aims to thin out forests to make wildfires more manageable or to put a stop to wildfires completely.

“Prescribed burns, like these, are important tools for forest management,” said Minidoka District Ranger Kevin Draper, noted in a press release. “These prescribed burns are designed to reduce natural fuel accumulation, reduce conifer encroachment, and stimulate aspen reproduction for wildlife habitat.”

Although the smoke emitted from the fires will be minimal compared to wildfires, fire personnel will work with the National Weather Service and the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group to control, analyze and minimize the impact.

Fire personnel will keep track of air quality and make changes to the prescribed fires accordingly. Smoke will be visible for up to two weeks after the ignition.

To learn more, visit the Forest Service website.