Prescribed burn in the Tetons planned for Tuesday

Laramie, Wyo. – People in the Jackson area and in Driggs, Idaho, may see smoke rising from the Tetons Tuesday afternoon.

The Forest Service is planning to burn about 17-hundred acres of grass and brush in the Darby Canyon drainage. District Ranger Jay Pence says the purpose is to get rid of old plants and make way for new plants with better nutrition for wildlife.

"There's a lot of development happening in the Teton Valley, so the longer we can keep the animals up in the transitional winter ranges in the National Forest, the better chances they will have for winter survival," Pence said.

Pence says the smoke will be visible from highway 33 between Driggs and Victor, Idaho, but also from Jackson and Grand Teton National Park.