NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas National Guard and the Arkansas Forestry Commission are conducting a series of prescribed burns as part of field exercises for the Prescribed Fire Training School.

The burns will include approximately 250 acres of land on a training area on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

The burns will take place on Wednesday, October 5 starting at 11 a.m. and on Thursday, October 6 starting at 11 a.m.

These burns will be located in the north central sections of Camp Robinson’s training area.

The smoke from these burns may be visible from many locations including the surrounding communities of Oak Grove, Sherwood, North Little Rock and Runyon Acres.

The purpose for these controlled burns are to provide practical exercises for students from a variety of local, state and federal agencies participating in the annual Prescribed Fire Training School held at Camp Robinson. The training program provides classroom and practical exercises for students to learn how to utilize fire as a natural resource management tool.

Fire is used to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground in order to benefit wildlife, and reduce the risk to the surrounding communities from future potential for uncontrolled wildfires. As a military installation, Camp Robinson conducts periodic burns involving small, controllable, areas of the facility throughout the year in order to effectively manage natural resources, provide optimum access to training areas and capitalize on good conditions to add a burn buffer zone to prevent accidental fires resulting from ongoing military training operations.