Motorists in southeastern Minnesota may see smoke from prescribed burns throughout May along various highways, including:

•Highway 14 west of Claremont

•Highway 52 near Harmony and Canton

•Highway 56 between Rose Creek and LeRoy

•Interstate 90 near Eyota

•Highway 218 between Austin and Owatonna

•Wetland restoration near Hokah

•Wetland restoration near Ellendale

Traffic should not be affected and all highways will remain open during the burns, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Trained prescribed burn crews monitor these burns, which promote native prairie vegetation growth and control weeds and brush.

The burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway rights of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayers' money, according to MnDOT.

To learn more about prescribed burns, visit www.mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.