Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will continue an Ashland Forest Resiliency controlled burn at high elevation on Tuesday, May 16th. Smoke will be highly visible throughout town and the valley. The controlled burn is located in the Horn Gap area on the west side of the Ashland Watershed. Safely conducted controlled burning is part of a strategy for removing fuels now before summer wildfire season.
Smoke Impact: Horn gap and Rickety Trails may have smoke and parts of USFS 2060 and 2060-200. Smoke could move into town in the evening hours. If you smell smoke, take action and close windows and doors. Please avoid the west side of the watershed if you are sensitive to smoke. See where smoke is moving on the watershed camera.
Be Smoke Ready: Smokewise Ashland has resources to stay healthy when smoke is in the air.
Burn Location: Areas directly affected by controlled burning or smoke include the west side of the Ashland Loop Road (Forest Road 2060 and 2060-200). Trails to avoid include Rickety and Horn Gap.
Duration of Burn Operations: Crews will begin in the morning on Tuesday, May 16th and continue into the early afternoon.
Sections of the USFS 2060 and 2060-200 roads along with Horn Gap and Rickety trails may be impacted by drifting smoke. Due to traffic, ongoing burn operations and smoke; please avoid the upper trails on the west side of the watershed. Alternative trails include Four Corners and Eastview Trail.
Above, you can see a fire crew member closely observing the controlled burn.
Putting Fire to Work for Our Community
Planned fires are managed by trained and specialized teams. Each burn has goals to minimize smoke impacts while reducing fuels and promoting forest health. Learn more about proactive fire planning here.
We can have a safer and healthier future for our community by supporting this critical work. See www.ashlandwatershed.org for controlled burn information and project updates, and www.rogueforestpartners.org, for more information about forests around Ashland and all of Southern Oregon.
Stay Informed During Controlled Burn Season
Register for the AFR Project email list
Text WATERSHED in the message line to 888777 to get text notifications about burns
Visit www.ashlandwatershed.org to learn more about good fire
See SmokewiseAshland.org and take action to reduce smoke exposure