The City of Ashland will be conducting a controlled burn on City forestlands east of the swimming reservoir, April 29th. Access to the Bandersnatch Trail via Glenview Drive will be closed during the day on Wednesday for safety. The small burn encompasses 5 acres and borders private land to the north. The burn will be executed by Grayback Forestry Inc, and will consume surface fuel and create a buffer for adjoining property in the event of a summer wildfire as part of a larger strategy to protect homes and the city’s municipal watershed. Smoke will be visible from parts of town and more noticeably from further away. The combination of humidity, wind and temperature is forecast to meet targeted conditions for a successful burn. Residents in the area may see some smoke and smell smoke, especially in the evening hours as air moves down the mountains. Notifications are posted on the City’s website, on the Smoke and Wildfire Hotline at (541) 552-2490, on the 1700AM emergency station and the City’s Facebook and Twitter sites. More burning is expected this week if weather permits.Information will be updated as needed.