EDWARDS AFB — Smoke from a series of prescribed burns at Edwards Air Force Base may be visible in the coming weeks as base officials work to clear vegetation that could fuel wildfires and improve wetland habitat areas.

The fires are set to run from April 28 to May 10, depending on weather conditions, officials said. Burn activities will take into consideration how the daily weather conditions will affect the fire and smoke.

Road signs will notify drivers of current fire activities.

The prescribed burns are planned for the Muroc Lake Golf Course near Rosamond Boulevard, and the Old (Housing) Area C near Bailey Road.

Future fire activities are planned for the Piute Ponds complex, a wildlife habitat at the southern edge of the base.

The prescribed fires will use two different types of activities, pile burning and broadcast burning.

Pile burning is used to create managable fuels by gathering the material into small piles in areas where other vegetation has been cleared. This type of burning is planned at the golf course and in the old housing area.

Broadcast burning covers larger areas, used to reduce vegetation and improve habitats. These are contained using man-made fire breaks such as roads, or fire lines where vegetation has been cleared.

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