Forest Service Burning Carson Range Slash Piles

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Wafts of smoke may be visible in the mountains of western Nevada over the coming weeks as the U.S. Forest Service begins to burn slash piles scattered across thousands of acres in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The small piles of debris are part of an effort to reduce fuel loads in the national forest to try to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

Control burns are planned from the Peavine Peak and Dog Valley areas north of Reno to Scotts Lake in California's Alpine County south of Lake Tahoe.

The Forest Service says fire personnel are monitoring weather conditions to conduct the burns, which are expected to continue through the end of November.