The Ashland Forest Resiliency Partnership, with Mike McCann (USFS) as the burn boss, is planning to light between 20 – 50 acres of burn piles tomorrow starting at 8:00 AM. Final acreage will be determined on site by the burn boss in coordination with Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management during ignition. Although wind direction is not the most favorable, it is anticipated that the gusty surface winds (SSE to SSW 10-18 mph) continuing through the evening hours and into the weekend, the predicted heavy rain, along with mixing heights above 5,000 ft. will provide enough smoke dispersal to limit smoke impacts on the city of Ashland. The burn area will be patrolled in the days following.
Additional rain and wind may provide further opportunities this week for burning with limited smoldering and smoke impacts on town. Sections of the Horn Gap Trail will be impacted tomorrow and potentially 2-3 days after ignition until smoke clears out of the area.