The Ashland Forest Resiliency Partnership, with Kit Colbenson as the burn boss, is planning to light 30 acres in Block 2 unit 36 in 39s 1e sec29/30 today starting (3/7/2016) at 0900. Final acreage will be determined on site by the burn boss in coordination with Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management during ignition. Winds are predicted out of the west which will hopefully help disperse the smoke minimizing the impact on Ashland.
Overall this weather is predicted to be wet with chances of snow throughout the week. Challenges will be smoke pooling in the evening hours and settling in to the City of Ashland. The forecasted rains should have the benefit of greatly limiting the amount of smoldering material, burn cat-faced trees and snags that we have seen in the project area up to this point.
Sections of the Horn Gap Trail #1014 will be impacted tomorrow and potentially 2-3 days after ignition until smoke clears out of the area.