Controlled Burn Planned for March 14th, 15th and 16th: Elkader Neighborhood
On Saturday, March 14th through Monday, March 16th a controlled burn is planned on private land from upper Morton St east to the upper Elkader neighborhood. Ashland Forest Resiliency Project partner Lomakatsi Restoration Project will manage the controlled burn for increased community wildfire safety. The controlled burn is located off the end of upper Elkader Drive, southeast of farthest upper Morton Street, the top of Beach and Liberty Streets, western Ivy Lane, top of South Mountain Avenue and above Pinecrest Terrace.
Smoke could be an issue for homes in the direct area, so we encourage neighborhoods near the burn to keep windows closed and ask that hikers avoid the area during burning. Signs will be posted.
Potential Smoke Impact
Smoke will be visible from most of Ashland
Smoke will likely pass into surrounding neighborhoods, so please take precautions recommended on SmokewiseAshland.org to reduce your exposure to smoke.
Smoke sensitive people should avoid areas closest to the controlled burn.
If you smell smoke, stay indoors and keep windows closed.
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.
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.