Controlled Burning Continues West of Ashland on Thursday, April 8th
UPDATE ON TODAY'S CONTROLLED BURN: Grayback Forestry and Lomakatsi Restoration Project managed a controlled burn to maximize protection of our community and drinking water source from summer wildfires. Fire crews completed the 30 acres planned.This evening, smoke could drop to lower elevations and you may smell smoke. Please follow precautions listed on SmokwiseAshland.org.
Controlled burning will continue on Thursday, April 8th in the same location, 2.5 miles west of downtown Ashland. The prescribed burn is part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency project and funded by The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service. Professionally trained fire crews are managing this spring burn, applying mild fire to 60 acres on privately owned land strategically located on the edge of the community and at the base of the Ashland Watershed, source of our drinking water. The burn is part of a developing network of controlled burning over the past decade that builds opportunities for safe and effective wildfire suppression while enhancing forest health and resiliency.
Smoke Could Impact Neighborhoods on the Western Edge of Ashland
Neighborhood Impact: You may smell smoke in the evening hours through early morning in neighborhoods on the western edge of town including Ashland Mine Road, Frank Hill Rd, Wrights Creek Drive neighborhoods, and at Valley View Drive and Highway 99 near Exit 19.
Recommended Precautions: If you smell smoke; consider staying inside, close windows and turn on air filters. Visit smokewiseashland.org for health recommendations.
Smoke Visible: Smoke will be highly visible during the day from Ashland, Talent, and much of the valley with views toward Ashland. Please do not report smoke unless it is not located in the area of the burn.
For burn day text notifications, text the word "WATERSHED" in the message line to 888777 as the recipient. You will get an auto-confirmation text when you sign-up. You can also download the Everbridge/Nixle app to get alerts.