The U.S. Forest Service announced plans to start a prescribed fire southeast of Ely on Heart Lake Saturday. The burn is one of several planned in the Superior National Forest this spring.

Whether the fire will proceed on schedule depends on a number of factors, including fuel moisture, relative humidity, wind and temperature.

The area to be burned is located on the north shore of Heart Lake, which is on the north side of Minnesota State Highway 1. People near Harris Lake or on Spruce Road also may see or smell smoke.

In all, 132 acres are in the targeted area.

A Forest Service release said the main objective of the fire “is to improve wildlife habitat, with an emphasis on enhancing conditions for marsh birds and waterfowl.”

It said the fire “will reduce tree encroachment and stimulate the growth of grasses, sedges, rushes and forbs.”