DENVER (CBS4) – If you’re seeing a plume of smoke in the Denver metro area, it’s because crews are doing a prescribed burn at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

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Crews with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are planning to burn about 500 acres on the wildlife refuge.

It could last through Friday.

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Wildlife officials do these burns every so often to help regrow the native habitat and cut down on fuels that pose wildfire risks.

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