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UPDATE: Controlled burn near Ashland canceled

Update, 11:30 a.m.

A controlled burn scheduled for Friday near Ashland has been canceled due to dry conditions, Ashland Fire & Rescue forestry division chief Chris Chambers said. A new date was not immediately available.

Original story

Fire officials will conduct a controlled burn Friday near Siskiyou Mountain Park above Ashland in an effort to clear about 20 acres worth of burn piles, Ashland Fire & Rescue forestry division chief Chris Chambers said.

The Green Meadows neighborhood and upper Clay Street could see smoky conditions during the evening because of the burn, officials said. Smoke will be visible from east Ashland and Interstate 5.

"The controlled burn, due to the close proximity to town, has been broken into smaller sections and will be closely monitored for smoke," the release said, adding that the burn will be conducted near hiking trails and that users should steer clear if they are sensitive to smoke.

FILE: Jamie Lusch Mail Tribune Work crews work at a controlled burn in the Ashland watershed.
A map shows the location of a controlled burn scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, with potential impacts to nearby areas. Courtesy of city of Ashland