COLCHESTER (AP) - The Vermont National Guard is planning to burn parts of the training area on the grounds of Camp Johnson in Colchester as part of a plan to restore a rare species of pine tree.

Friday's 15-acre prescribed burn is part of the Oak-Pine Sandplain restoration project which has been ongoing at Camp Johnson for the last two decades.

The Oak-Pine Sandplain at Camp Johnson is one of the last and the largest natural communities of its kind in Vermont.

The base is home to many pitch pine trees which require fire to release the pine seeds from the cone and create a suitable seed bed for germination. The last prescribed burn done was in 1998.

Friday's fires could generate smoke plums that may be seen around the Colchester area.