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Third day of controlled burning planned near Ashland Friday

Forestry crews will conduct a third consecutive day of controlled burning near Ashland Friday, and smoke will be “highly visible,” according to fire officials.

The 80-acre burn, conducted by Grayback Forestry and the Lomakatsi Restoration Project, will be conducted 2.5 miles west of downtown Ashland. Forestry crews oversaw similar burns Wednesday and Thursday in the same area.

All burns are part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, intended to mitigate wildfire danger in the Ashland Watershed.

Smoke may impact the western edge of town, including neighborhoods around Ashland Mine Road, Frank Hill Road, Wrights Creek Drive, Valley View Drive and Highway 99 near Interstate 5 and exit 19.

Visit www.ashland.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=503 for more information.