Fuel specialists from the Deschutes National Forest will begin a preventative burn project along both sides of Hwy 97, from the south end of Bend to Vandervert Road. The project begins today and will run for about a week. No road closures are expected; however, signs will be placed along Highway 97 to warn motorists of the prescribed burn activity. Smoke and the burning piles are expected to be visible from Highway 97. Motorists should reduce speeds and turn on headlights when smoke is present.