Officials are conducting controlled burns at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and the community shouldn’t be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from the area through March 31.

Environmental and controlled burns will be conducted by the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arsenal’s Fire and Emergency Services on approximately 400 acres of woodland and grassland, according to a news release.

“These burns serve as an environmental benefit, not only to reduce wildfire risk by removing fuel levels and loading from the forest floor, but also act as timber stand, wildlife habitat improvements, and to improve habitat for rare species,” according to a news release.

The burns will be conducted by specially-trained and equipped crews skilled at fire management operations.