Reeder Reservoir: Controlled Burn Planned Friday, January 24th - Some Smoke Impact
UPDATE: Smoke from today's controlled burn is drifting over Four Corners and Lamb Saddle trailheads and towards upper Tolman Creek Road including the Green Meadows neighborhood. Please avoid Toothpick, Catwalk, Lizard, Lewis Loops, Marty's and Lamb Mine trails until later this afternoon.
Crews will manage a controlled burn above Reeder Reservoir today for community wildfire safety. Smoke will be visible from parts of town.
To stay informed of controlled burn activities, a news feed is posted on our website ashlandwatershed.org. Each day, the news feed is updated as changes happen. After having smoke regulator approval and when we have good weather conditions, controlled burns may be added.
Why We Conduct Burns
A recent article in the Ashland Daily Tidings explains more about why we use controlled burns. See 'Fighting Fire with Fire' for details.
If you live close to a burn location, keep windows closed and if you smell smoke, follow health recommendations on Smokewise Ashland.
Text based notifications: text the word "WATERSHED" in the message line to 888777 as the recipient. You will get an auto confirmation text.
Conditions for burning are good with a weather system that will move smoke away from town. Controlled burns are a critical part of creating a safer, more resilient landscape and community in the face of increasing fire risk due to climate change and overgrown forests. Find out more about why we burn.