The late fall underburn is located along the 2060-400 road close to the No Candies Trail, so please avoid the area due to traffic and smoke. Find alternative trail routes here and how to avoid smoke exposure at the Smokewise Ashland website. Check weather and smoke on the watershed camera.
Potential Smoke Impact: Moderate Risk
Smoke will be visible from parts of west Ashland and from Interstate 5.
Smoke impact is expected near the controlled burn along the No Candies Trail and Ashland Loop Road (2060 and 2060-400).
During the evening hours, smoke could enter upper neighborhoods of West Ashland (Ashland Mine Road to Granite Street) and upper Wagner Creek in Talent.
Yesterday, fire crews finished 20 acres of broadcast underburning. At high elevation, the controlled burning had good smoke lift during the day. The underburn is a rare opportunity at this time of year to safely reintroduce the long-absent role of frequent, cool burns that shaped our forests for millennia under the knowledgeable guidance of indigenous tribes. Science has underscored the importance of proactive burning to reduce wildfire’s increasingly negative impacts to communities, watersheds, wildlife, and people. Smoke will be monitored closely in hopes that fall and winter burning could be a viable window to help us improve the long-standing deficit of beneficial fire in our forests.