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More controlled burns planned in Prescott Park today

Medford Fire-Rescue will conduct more controlled burns 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Prescott Park, meaning smoke and some fire may be visible on Roxy Ann Peak.

The latest in a series of controlled burns is being done in an effort to reduce the amount of flammable fuels within the park boundary, reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire, according to an agency news release.

“High value communications equipment as well as nearby homes in the area could be at risk should a fast moving fire burn through the area,” the release said. “Proactive management of the park is being undertaken in an effort to protect the recreation resources frequently used by the public.”

Department crews plan to torch excess brush, tree limbs, and other debris that inmate work crews from Jackson County Corrections had already cleared and placed in piles during the winter and autumn months.

The 1,740-acre park will remain open during burn operations, and impacts to the public from smoke should be minimal.