Old Highway 99 Near Emigrant Lake: Controlled Burns Planned for Tuesday, February 4th
Tomorrow, Tuesday February 4th two controlled burns will be managed for community wildfire safety southwest of Emigrant Lake. One of the burns is 1/4 mile off Interstate 5 and the second burn is 1 mile up Old Highway 99 from the Green Springs Highway (please see map for burn locations).
Potential Smoke Impact
Smoke will be visible from Green Springs Hwy (Hwy 66), Old Highway 99 (Hwy 273) and Interstate 5. No roads or trails will be closed, however, some smoke impacts could occur around the lower Old Highway 99 and Emigrant Lake. Smoke sensitive people should avoid the area closest to the controlled burn, or if you live off Old Highway 99, close windows.
Why We Conduct Burns
A recent article in the Ashland Daily Tidings explains more about why we use controlled burns. See 'Fighting Fire with Fire' for details.
If you live close to a burn location, keep windows closed and if you smell smoke, follow health recommendations on Smokewise Ashland.
Text based notifications: text the word "WATERSHED" in the message line to 888777 as the recipient. You will get an auto confirmation text.
Conditions for burning are good with a weather system that will move smoke away from town. Controlled burns are a critical part of creating a safer, more resilient landscape and community in the face of increasing fire risk due to climate change and overgrown forests. Find out more about why we burn.