City of Ashland, Oregon / Ashland Forest Resiliency Project / City News

Controlled Burn Planned for Tuesday, December 20th

Winter burn
Burn Piles in Snow
The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) will conduct a controlled burn on Tuesday, December 20th. Ten to fifteen acres of slash piles could be ignited off Neil Creek Road.  Smoke will be visible from the Interstate 5 freeway. All roads and trails remain open.  Burn locations can be found on our AFR Interactive Burn Map. You can now check hourly air quality for Ashland.

Why we Burn
For thousands of years, natural fires sustained healthy open forests and reduced severe wildfire, disease and insect infestation. Today, over a century of fire suppression has left forests dense, unhealthy, prone to disease, and at risk of severe wildfire. Selectively thinning forests and controlled burning under the right conditions restore the beneficial role of fire in maintaining healthy forests. Our ongoing work reduces the risk of severe summer wildfires and dense smoke, while protecting wildlife habitat, large old trees, our water supply, community and economy. 


For additional information: 
  • City of Ashland smoke and wildfire hotline at (541) 552-2490
  • Ashland Emergency Radio @ 1700AM
  • AFR website at ashlandwatershed.org




Release Date: 12/19/2016
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