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Prescribed burning planned for Dollar Mountain

Crews plan to burn piles of thinned trees and brush to reduce fire risk on Dollar Mountain north of Grants Pass. City of Grants Pass photo

Smoke could be visible from Dollar Mountain north of Grants Pass this week as crews burn piles of thinned trees and brush to reduce fire risk.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, alongside Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Rural Metro Fire and Grayback Forestry, will be burning the piles depending on if there are favorable weather conditions, ODF said.

The park, which features madrone and manzanita trees, hiking trails, wildflowers and panoramic views, is adjacent to Grants Pass neighborhoods.

This project is the first phase of the Dollar Mountain Forest Park Management Plan. Firefighters have a goal to burn pre-stacked piles on 155 of the 447 total acres to cut fire danger on the mountain and to Grants Pass. The park is owned by the city of Grants Pass, ODF said.

The city’s burn window is open from April 23 through May 1. Firefighters are confident they can keep the burning under control while mitigating the fire risk to the surrounding area, ODF said.

The collaborative project includes fire agencies, the federal Bureau of Land Management and Josephine County, ODF said.