Expect to see a column of smoke above Ashland on Friday as the first controlled underburn of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) is undertaken. Heavy smoke will be visible from Ashland and surrounding areas and residents may smell smoke, especially in the evening.
The following areas will be closed on Thursday: White Rabbit Trailhead, White Rabbit Trail at USFS boundary, upper Mike
Uhtoff Trail, Alice in Wonderland trail above
Bandersnatch, Ashland Loop Road above the junction with Morton Street, Jabberwocky Trail and Caterpillar Trail.
Underburning differs from the commonly seen pile burning where single brush piles are lit one by one. During an underburn, fire crews carefully apply fire to a designated area bordering a road or other fireline to hold the low flames. Underburns mimic the long-absent natural role of fire in our local ecosystem, consuming needles, leaves, and branches on the forest floor that would otherwise accumulate over time and potentially fuel a severe fire that could threaten the community and our municipal water supply.
- Ashland Fire & Rescue