Advisory: Burning Today at North Mountain Park, Dog Park/Verde Village, and Westwood/Wright's Creek neighborhoods for summer fire safety.
To reduce fire hazards near homes in our community, crews from APRC, City of Ashland and two firefighting contract crews will burn blackberries in these locations today:
- Near Helman St and Nevada St along Ashland Creek near Verde Village and the Dog Park
- At North Mountain Park Nature Center and across Mountain Ave at RiverWalk neighborhood along Bear Creek.
- At Westwood St in Wright's Creek neighborhood.
Smoke will be visible at these locations briefly throughout the day. Please avoid these areas if you are sensitive to smoke and people living near should close windows for the day and run air purifiers as needed.
The City and APRC have dedicated funding and staff to reduce fire hazards where blackberries are a threat to homes and people. The Almeda Fire showed how flammable and dangerous blackberries can be. Work near creeks and streams will be completed by May 1, following the City's riparian ordinance.