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Two Controlled Burns on Upper Tolman Creek

The Ashland Forest Resiliency (AFR) will have two controlled burns. Lomakatsi Restoration Project is managing the 26 acre burns off upper Tolman Creek Road. The planned ignition is weather dependent and scheduled for tomorrow, January 24th, 2017 at 9 AM. Smoke may be visible from the I-5 freeway and on the southeast side of Ashland. Check the AFR smoke map to see burning in relation to town, roads and trails.

Why We Conduct Burns?  
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. 

Photo Credit:  Oregon Department of Forestry

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