A crew from Grayback Forestry, Inc will be burning piles of debris today, April 18, 1-mile south of Lithia Park on City forestlands. The project involves burning piles of debris created last year when crews cleared along the power lines that run from the City's water treatment plant to town.
Recent drought has lead to trees dying along the lines and potentially threatening them should a tree hit the line. The lines serve as a backup to the main conduit for power that's buried in the road between the plant and the city. A small amount of Ashland's power is generated by the historic hydroelectric facility co-located at the water treatment plant.
Smoke is not expected to affect residents in town. Some trails could be affected by smoke including BTI, Jabberwocky, Snark, and Waterline.