With fire season winding down in Northwest Colorado and South-central Wyoming, fire crews in the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forrest are beginning to prepare for slash pile burning. There are hundreds of piles that need to be burned. The public should expect to see smoke, as many of the piles are located near communities, travel routes and popular recreation areas. The time of the burns are dependent on weather conditions in the area. Fire managers will monitor the forecast and wait till the proper conditions are present to ignite the piles. The burns will take place throughout the fall and winter. When necessary, signs will be placed on roads adjacent to the burns, notifying the public of the work taking place. Closures for burns of this type are rarely necessary.