FARMINGTON Visitors to Chaco Culture National Historical Park can expect to see a little smoke next week, and certain areas of the park will be closed due to prescribed burns.

During the week of March 17, burns will be conducted in the Kin Klizhin Wash near the Kin Klizhin Great House, the Chaco Wash near the Penasco Blanco Great House and a former rock quarry site located above the park's maintenance area, according to a press release from the U.S. National Park Service.

The park service hopes the burns will help cut down on invasive species.

During the burns, the park will close the Penasco Blanco trail beyond the petroglyphs. Visitors will not be able to access the great house or supernova pictograph.

The Kin Klizhin area will also be closed as park fire management officials burn about eight acres of Tamarisk slash piles. Another eight acres of slash piles will be burned in Chaco Wash. The Chaco Wash slash piles consist of vegetation removed during fuel reduction and weed clearing efforts.