UNDATED -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to alert motorists and residents in central Minnesota to some upcoming prescribed burns.

Beginning Wednesday, MnDOT crews will begin the controlled burns as weather permits.

The burning will take place along Highway 23 near Richmond and Cold Spring, along the Lake Wobegon Trail between Sauk Centre and Osakis and along Highway 371 between little Falls and Baxter.

Traffic won't be affected and all roads and trails will remain open.

The burns will take place through June 15th and are necessary to improve native vegetation and weed control.