The Ashland Forest Resiliency (AFR) project work crews had a great fall using prescribed fire to reduce risk for our community and water supply, including 55 acres of underburning, a first in the fall for AFR.
Rogue River-Siskiyou Forest and Lomakatsi Restoration Project with help from Grayback Forestry cleared fuel piles from 809 acres in an all-lands approach since October of this year leaving only 553 acres of piles going into the new year. Forest Service burn bosses also managed the 55 acres of fall underburning.
2021 Fall Underburning in the Ashland Watershed
Science from forest researchers shows that use of even more prescribed fire can put us on a path for meeting the challenges of increasing temperatures and dry conditions. AFR partners are using new data analytics for review of the past 12 years work and improving fire planning.
Thank you for your ongoing support of prescribed fire and patience with occasional smoke. Visit smokewiseashland.org for tips on how to reduce exposure to smoke and see ashlandwatershed.org for updates on controlled burning.
Click here for a video about proactive fire planning to learn how a little smoke from controlled burning is helping make our forests healthier and our community safer in the face of increasingly hot and dry summers.