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Controlled Burning will Continue Near Horn Gap and Rickety Trails

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will continue an Ashland Forest Resiliency controlled burn at high elevation on Wednesday, May 17th. 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.   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.

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 Wednesday, May 17th and continue into the early afternoon. 

AFR Horn Gap

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 for controlled burn information and project updates, and, for more information about forests around Ashland and all of Southern Oregon.

Stay Informed During Controlled Burn Season

  • For assistance in signing up for notifications, email
  • Register for the AFR Project email list

  • Text WATERSHED in the message line to 888777 to get text notifications about burns

  • Visit to learn more about good fire

  • Follow us on Facebook at AFR.Project or on Twitter @ashlandforest

  • See and take action to reduce smoke exposure


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