On Thursday December 2nd, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Service will continue a controlled burn on behalf of the Ashland Forest Resiliency partnership. The late fall underburn is at high elevation and smoke is moving up and out of the valley. The controlled burning is along 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 along the No Candies Trail and parts of the 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). Please be aware of smoke and close windows and avoid outdoor activity as needed.
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.