A whiff of smoke in the air today is likely from prescribed burns, which help public land managers across the region improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

A whiff of smoke in the air today is likely from prescribed burns, which help public land managers across the region improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

Paul Galloway, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, said the agency started burning in the Butte Falls area on Thursday and continues today. The fire is in the Four Bit Ford area.

Weather and forest conditions are now aligned for a season of burning, he explained. Burning of undergrowth and brush piles will continue through the fall in the national forests.

The Nature Conservancy is set to begin burning the mounded prairie of Agate Desert Preserve in White City this afternoon and Saturday.

The Bureau of Land Management also has prescribed burns planned in the coming weeks. Find details at http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/fire/prescribedburns/index.php?d=8.