Controlled Burns

Our Forest Needs Fire 
Historically, fires burned on an average of every 10 years across the low and mid elevations of the Ashland Watershed, keeping our forests healthy for millennia. In fact, this kind of fire is essential for certain plants and wildlife, cycling nutrients, and sustaining healthy human and natural communities.

After a century of putting wildfires out, our forests are overly-dense and need restoration through selective thinning and prescribed fire, or controlled burns.
 
Controlled Burns
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Ashland Forest Resiliency uses controlled burns for community benefit in the forests and woodlands around Ashland. 

Professional fire teams plan controlled burns during favorable weather that minimizes smoke impacts on our community. Find out where burns are happening. 


 
Ecosystem Services
rrOver one billion gallons of clean abundant water flows from the Ashland watershed to our homes and through Ashland Creek.  Local forests provide habitat for wildlife, life-giving water, recreation, and Ashland's scenic backdrop. To preserve nature's benefits,  Ashland has chosen a proactive path, nursing our forests back to health and restoring frequent fire that sustains biodiversity and community resilience.

We are making a little smoke now to create healthier forests and a safer community for tomorrow. Whether from a burn or summer fires, protecting your health is important.

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