Controlled Burning Planned West of Ashland on Wednesday, April 7th
To maximize protection of our community and drinking water source from summer wildfires, a controlled burn is planned for Wednesday, April 7th. Grayback Forestry and Lomakatsi Restoration Project are managing the burn located 2.5 miles west of downtown Ashland as part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency project with funding from The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service.
Professionally trained fire crews are managing this spring burn, applying mild fire to approximately 30 acres of privately owned land strategically located on the edge of the community and at the base of the Ashland Watershed, source of our drinking water. The burn is part of a developing network of controlled burning over the past decade that builds opportunities for safe and effective wildfire suppression while enhancing forest health and resiliency.
Smoke Could Impact Neighborhoods on the Western Edge of Ashland
Neighborhood Impact: You may smell smoke in the evening hours through early morning in neighborhoods on the western edge of town including Ashland Mine Road, Frank Hill Rd, Wrights Creek Drive neighborhoods, and at Valley View Drive and Highway 99 near Exit 19.
Recommended Precautions: If you smell smoke; consider staying inside, close windows and turn on air filters. Visit smokewiseashland.org for health recommendations.
Smoke Visible: Smoke will be visible during the day from Ashland, Talent, and much of the valley with views toward Ashland. Please do not report smoke unless it is not located in the area of the burn.
For burn day text notifications, text the word "WATERSHED" in the message line to 888777 as the recipient. You will get an auto-confirmation text when you sign-up. You can also download the Everbridge/Nixle app to get alerts.