Controlled Burning Begins on Winburn Ridge and Continues West of Ashland
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is beginning a spring underburn for Winburn Ridge on Thursday, April 22nd. The controlled burn is north of the USFS 2060 Road and Time Warp Trail. The prescribed fire continues work in an area critical for improved wildlife habitat and for our community water source. No roads or trails will be closed. Smoke is expected close to the controlled burn, please avoid Winburn Ridge area if you are sensitive to smoke. The community will see a fairly large smoke column that will be highly visible from the Ashland and Medford area. 57 acres have been accomplished to date in near Four Corners.
West of Ashland
Lomakatsi Restoration Project and Grayback Forestry, Inc. will again burn 2.5 miles west of Ashland on Thursday, April 22nd. This property is part of a developing network of controlled burns that will create safer conditions for fire response and the community this summer. There's still a long way to go, but this is a critical piece! We will keep managing prescribed fire in this area through spring as conditions allow.
Smoke from the controlled burn will be highly visible. We want to thank everyone for your patience, we understand smoke is not always a pleasant sight after the fires in Southern Oregon but we are pressing forward with prescribed fire due to its significant benefits for nature and safety of the community. We appreciate all the fire professionals on the controlled burns who work so hard on our behalf.
Funding partners include The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, the U.S. Forest Service and the citizens of Ashland. Learn more about why prescribed fire is so important and get project updates at ashlandwatershed.org.
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.