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Controlled burn closes several trails above Ashland

Several trails above Ashland will be closed until Saturday morning because of two controlled burns scheduled in the Ashland Watershed today.

The burns, ignited by the city of Ashland high in the watershed, are part of the ongoing Ashland Forest Resiliency Project and the Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange, an international conference of fire agencies in Ashland through May 13.

Biking and hiking trail closures began at 9 a.m. on the Jabberwocky, Alice in Wonderland, Waterline, Lamb Mine, Caterpillar, Lizard and BTI trails, according to a news release. U.S. Forest Service Road 2060 (Ashland Loop Road) will be closed just above Morton Street.

Trails are expected to reopen the morning of Saturday, May 6.

The No Candies Trail will be open with a detour onto an adjacent road. The Red Queen Trail is open north of Bandersnatch.

Recommended alternative trails include the Hitt Road Trail and the Oredson-Todd Trail and lower White Rabbit Pedestrian Loop in Siskiyou Mountain Park.

More information is available online at www.ashlandwatershed.org.