Two Controlled Burns Planned: Near Four Corners and West of Ashland on Wednesday, April 14th
Controlled burning will begin south of Four Corners Trailhead on Wednesday, April 14th and controlled burning to continue 2.5 miles west of downtown Ashland.
Upper and Lower Missing Links Trail will Close:
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is managing a controlled burn in the Ashland watershed in an area important for improving wildlife habitat and protecting the municipal water supply. Upper and Lower Missing Links trails pass directly through the controlled burn area and will close once ignitions begin at 11:00 a.m. Other trails around Four Corners may have smoke impacts including: Marty's Trail and Catwalk. Different trails to consider for a ride or hike can be found on our maps posted at ashlandwatershed.org
West of 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 west of Ashland. Fire crews have been successful through the past week, getting over 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 and yesterday'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 burns are 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 spring burns by applying mild fire on lands strategically located in and around the Ashland Watershed, source of our drinking water. The controlled burning 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 will Impact Four Corners Trailhead Area, Missing Links Trails, and neighborhoods around Ashland Mine Road
Recreation Impact: Lower Missing link will briefly close beginning at 11.00 am. We recommend avoiding Lower Missing Link Trail and Four Corners Trailhead where there will be heavy smoke.
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. 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.