Controlled burn November 3rd, more burns to come in AFR project

Controlled burning of brush piles will take place NOVEMBER 3RD on the west side of the Ashland Watershed above Granite Street as part of the fuels reduction and forest restoration efforts of the AFR Project. Smoke may be visible from parts of town throughout the day. Although no roads or trails will be closed, recreationalists should use caution due to potential smoke impacts and truck traffic on the 2060 Road/Ashland Loop Road from Granite and Glenview Dr beyond the yellow gate up to the 2060-200 road out to the bottom of Horn Gap trail.

This is the first of an increasing number burn projects to come as air quality conditions allow through next spring. Due to limited opportunities to safely burn piles over the last two seasons, a backlog of nearly 1,500 acres has accumulated. Pile burning is a key step in the process of reducing fire danger in the city’s watershed. Fire managers will try to burn smaller acreages more frequently this year, hoping to make a dent in the backlog. 74 acres are on tap for Tuesday and burning will continue if smoke management conditions are met through the week. We’ll send notifications for larger burn projects or as needed if burns will affect trails. The project webpage www.ashlandwatershed.org will have current information on the homepage.

Information regarding burning is recorded on the City of Ashland Smoke and Wildfire Hotline at 541-552-2490 and at AFR Facebook page

Notice provided by Chris Chambers, Forest Division Chief, Ashland Fire & Rescue