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Controlled burning in Ashland Watershed continues Friday

FILE PHOTO A past controlled burn overseen by The Nature Conservancy, Lomakatsi and Grayback Forestry (Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune)

Forestry crews will continue controlled burning operations at two sites in the Ashland Watershed Friday and Saturday, with a trail closure again in place, according to a news release.

The burns will be conducted near the Four Corners trailhead and at an area 2.5 miles west of Ashland, the release said. Both are intended to mitigate future wildfire danger in the watershed.

As with previous burn days, smoke will be highly visible from parts of the Rogue Valley.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will manage the controlled burn near Four Corners. The Missing Links Trail will be closed during operations, and other trails, including the Marty’s and Catwalk trails, may be impacted by smoke.

The Lomakatsi Restoration Project and Grayback Forestry will manage the controlled burn west of Ashland. Residents on the western edge of the city, including neighborhoods along Ashland Mine Road, Frank Hill Road, Wrights Creek Drive, and near the intersection of Valley View Road and Highway 99, may smell smoke.

Smoke is expected to move away from town during the day, but residents who do smell smoke should consider staying indoors with windows closed, or wearing an N-95 mask outside.

On Friday, crews completed more than 40 acres of controlled burning.

Visit ashlandwatershed.org for more information.