Motorists in southeastern Minnesota may see smoke from prescribed burns on Highway 52, from Harmony to the Iowa border, on Wednesday.

Traffic should not be affected and all highways will remain open during the burns.

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 right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayers' money.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.