Controlled Burning at Ashland Loop Road and No Candies Trail
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Service is managing a controlled burn today on behalf of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project.
This late fall underburn is located along the 2060-400 road close to the No Candies Trail, so people are being asked to avoid the area because of traffic and smoke.
Smoke coming from the controlled burn is considered to be of moderate risk. It will be visible from parts of west Ashland and from Interstate 5.
Smoke impact is expected near the controlled burn along the No Candies Trail and Ashland Loop Road, along the 2060 and 2060-400 roads, respectively.
During the evening hours, smoke could enter upper neighborhoods of West Ashland, Ashland Mine Road to Granite Street, and upper Wagner Creek in Talent.
This is also an opportunity to safely reintroduce the long-absent role of frequent, cool burns that shaped our forests for millennia under the knowledgeable guidance of indigenous tribes, according to the city of Ashland.
“Science has underscored the importance of proactive burning to reduce wildfire’s increasingly negative impacts to communities, watersheds, wildlife, and people,” the city explained in a press release. ‘Smoke will be monitored closely in hopes that fall and winter burning could be a viable window to help us improve the long-standing deficit of beneficial fire in our forests.”
To receive non-emergency burning and smoke alerts: Text WATERSHED in the message line to 888777 for non-emergency notifications.
For alerts direct from the city, text “WATERSHED“ to 888777, follow the Ashland Forest Resiliency project on Facebook or see ashlandwatershed.org.