Controlled Burning Continues West of Ashland Today (Monday)
Controlled burning will continue today (Monday) 2.5 miles west of downtown Ashland
Grayback Forestry and Lomakatsi Restoration Project are continuing a controlled burn to maximize protection of our community and drinking water source from summer wildfires. Fire crews have been successful through the past week, getting nearly 1/3 of the planned area completed. Smoke will be highly visible from all parts of the community. The Air Quality Index remained in the Good (green) category throughout last week's burning.
We understand the community concern when seeing smoke on the mountain after the Southern Oregon fires. Fire teams are safely conducting controlled burning. AFR is committed to using one of our best tools, prescribed fire, so we can reduce wildfire risk for our community and restore healthy, resilient forests.
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 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.
Controlled burning is carried out by trained firefighters, who burn within “units” that have fire breaks along all their boundaries. Controlled burns decrease the amount of dry, flammable vegetation that can fuel fire growth. Landscapes maintained by the right amount and right kind of fire are better for wildlife and native plants and, create landscapes and communities that more resilient.