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Smoke Near Horn Gap Trail

Thanks to someone hiking or biking this morning who called in a smoldering fire leftover from a previous burn near Horn Gap. Smoke is visible in the area and from parts of town. A crew is on their way up there to work on it this morning.
 

Where Do I Get Air Quality Information?
Ashland's air quality is measured downtown on the roof of Fire Station #1.  

  • Check DEQ's Air Quality Index (AQI), then take appropriate measures described below in How Do I Protect Myself. Click on Ashland's dot to see the 1-hour and 24-hour AQI. The dot is tied to the 24-hour AQI. Use the 1-hour value and corresponding trend on the 1-hour graph to plan daily activities. Remember, conditions can change rapidly.   

  • The EPA’s AirNow has current air quality along with maps showing regional wildfires.  

  • The Oregon Smoke Blog has the local AQI and forecasts for communities issued by specialists assigned to major wildfires.

If unable to check air quality, use the visibility index to determine safety.

Controlled burns on properties located in the critical wildland urban interface are an important way to reduced the risk of wildfires. Check air quality data and receive update on our website at ashlandwatershed.org. 

Thanks to NRCS for funding this partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the City of Ashland, and Lomakatsi.

For updates please use the following resources:

Why we Burn?
Controlled burns under the right conditions reduce the risk of severe summer wildfires and dense smoke to protect our forests, water supply, economy, and community. 

 

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