Controlled Burning Continues West of Ashland and South of Reeder Reservoir
Controlled Burning West of Ashland to Finish Friday, April 23rd
Ashland Forest Resiliency will work one more day on a controlled burn 2.5 miles west of Ashland on Friday, April 23rd. After two weeks, crews have completed over 300 acres of the project and will be done with using prescribed fire above Wrights Creek until next spring. As a community, we benefit from controlled burning but do not always experience the smoke ourselves. We want to recognize the neighborhoods near the west Ashland project who tolerated smoke during the past two weeks, we understand this was a sacrifice and sincerely thank you. We now have a large area where prescribed fire made safer conditions for fire response this summer.
Lomakatsi Restoration Project and partners including Grayback Forestry have done an excellent job this spring with managing prescribed fire for the community. We appreciate all the fire professionals who work so hard on our behalf and the many years of planning that led up to the few weeks of prescribed fire, thank you!
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will continue a spring underburn for Winburn Ridge on Friday, April 23rd in an area prioritized for reducing risk to our supply of drinking water. The controlled burn is in the heart of the Ashland watershed on a ridge south of Reeder Reservoir. No roads or trails will be closed. Smoke is expected close to the controlled burn, please avoid Winburn Ridge area if you are sensitive to smoke. The community will see a large smoke column that will be highly visible from Ashland and Medford. 57 acres have been accomplished to date near Four Corners and another 17 acres were done today on Winburn Ridge.
Smoke from both controlled burns will be highly visible. We want to thank everyone for your patience, we understand smoke is not always a pleasant sight after the fires in Southern Oregon but we are pressing forward with prescribed fire due to its significant benefits for nature and safety of the community.
Funding partners include The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, the U.S. Forest Service and the citizens of Ashland. Learn more about why prescribed fire is so important and get project updates at ashlandwatershed.org.
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