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Prescribed burns scheduled for Rogue, Applegate valleys

Several controlled burns slated for the Rogue and Applegate valleys are scheduled to kick off next week.

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled burns at several sites, according to an agency news release, with operations expected to start Monday. The procedures are intended to reduce wildfire risk, “restore natural ecological processes and functions, and help achieve other trail land management objectives,” the release said.

Most of the burns are planned for the Applegate. Information on the amount of affected acreage was not immediately available.

A 135-acre burn near Cantrall Buckley Park will produce smoke that will be visible from sections of Highway 238, and from the towns of Ruch and Applegate. Crews will also conduct a 303-acre burn at the upper end of Thompson Creek at its intersection with Ninemile Creek. Two to three days of burning are expected. Several days of mop-up are expected to follow, and smoke visibility is expected throughout the Applegate Valley. Smoke may also be visible from Medford, Phoenix, Talent and Ashland, officials said.

Three more small Applegate burn operations — 17, 18 and 30 acres — will be conducted above Upper Applegate Road east of the Star Ranger Station, an operation that will produce smoke visible in parts of the Applegate Valley.

The sole Rogue Valley site, slated for a 500-acre burn, is along Trail Creek near Shady Cove. Smoke from that operation is expected to be visible from the north end of the Rogue Valley. Seven to eight burn days are planned between mid-April and late May, according to BLM.

Call BLM’s Medford District Office at 541-618-2400 for more information.