The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will continue an Ashland Forest Resiliency controlled burn at high elevation near Horn Gap on Thursday, May 18th. The controlled burn will be highly visible throughout town and the valley. Today's burn area is just 10 acres and is not expected to produce as much smoke as the past two days. Safely conducted controlled burning now creates safer and healthier forests to help protect our source of water and our community from wildfires.
Smoke Impact: Horn Gap, No Candies, and Rickety trails may have smoke as well as parts of USFS 2060 road on the west side of the watershed. If you smell smoke, take action and close windows and doors and use a HEPA air purifier if needed. Vulnerable residents may need to wear N95 respirators during periods of denser smoke. Smokewise Ashland has resources to stay healthy when smoke is in the air.
Thank you for your patience and tolerance!
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, Horn Gap, and No Candies.
Duration of Burn Operations: Crews will begin in the morning on Thursday, May 18th and continue into the afternoon until finished. We do expect today's burn to end earlier due to the small acreage.
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