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Controlled burning continues in the Ashland Watershed Thursday

FILE PHOTO: Crews conduct a controlled burn in Jackson County.

Controlled burning will continue Thursday in the Ashland Watershed, with a trail closure in effect, according to a news release.

Two controlled burns are planned for areas south of the Four Corners trailhead and west of downtown Ashland. Both are intended to mitigate fire danger in the watershed.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will manage the burn, located “in an area important for improving wildlife habitat and protecting the municipal water supply,” the release said.

The Missing Links Trail passes through the burn area and will be closed for health and safety purposes. The Marty’s and Catwalk trails could also be impacted by smoke levels. Homes on the western edge of town, including those on Ashland Mine Road, Frank Hill Road, and Wrights Creek Drive, may smell smoke. The area near the intersection of Valley View Road and Highway 99 may be similarly impacted.

Grayback Forestry and Lomakatsi Restoration Project officials will continue burning that has been ongoing the past week, located about 2.5 miles west of Ashland.

More than one-third of the targeted area has been completed, the release said. Smoke will be highly visible from parts of the Rogue Valley.