GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a prescribed burn on less than one square mile of the Pawnee National Grassland in Weld County.

Firefighters completed a successful test burn Thursday morning and then went ahead with plans to burn about 550 acres near New Raymer, about 50 miles east of Greeley.

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Sixteen to 24 firefighters are expected to monitor the fire.

Forest Service officials say burning grasslands improves wildlife habitat and reduces the risk of wildfires.

Wildfire Resources

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– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

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– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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