The U.S. Forest service says a prescribed burn at the Pawnee National Grassland began Wednesday morning.

The burn was planned for last week but was postponed when conditions were not favorable.

The prescribed burn is for approximately 705 acres on the west side of the grassland, approximately two miles west of Briggsdale. The U.S. Forest Service says smoke will be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities.

The goal of the burn is to improve wildlife habitat, reduce the risk of wildfire and introduce low-intensity fire into the ecosystem.

Firefighters from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland will be assisted by firefighters from the Alpine Hotshots, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Firestone Fire, Briggsdale Volunteer Fire Department and the Pike and San Isabel National Forests.

The public can also call the grassland office weekdays at 970-834-9270 for additional information or visit INCIWEB.NWCG.gov.