Fire crews will burn brush piles in the Ashland watershed today, taking advantage of recent rains and today's calm wind forecast, according to a news release from Ashland Fire & Rescue.
The burning could continue through the week as conditions allow. The brush burning is part of the ongoing Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, intended to improve forest health and reduce wildfire danger in the watershed.
Ashland Fire & Rescue officials say no roads or trails will be closed during the operations but that smoke may impact some trails.
Crews will primarily be in the White Rabbit trailhead area.
"They will be closer to town. Depending on the cloud cover, that smoke will probably be a little bit more visible from the valley," said AFR Forestry Division Chief Chris Chambers.
The Ashland Parks & Recreation Department will perform a separate controlled burn at Siskiyou Mountain Park near the top of Park Street at the same time, Chambers said.
Chambers said signs will be posted close to the immediate burn areas, and that those sensitive to smoke should turn back. Bikers, hikers and walkers in the area should be cautious of workers along trails and vehicles on forest roads.
For more information, visit www.ashlandwatershed.org and click on "Trail Information" or see www.ashland.or.us/trailinfo. Burn information is also available on the city of Ashland's smoke and wildfire hotline at 541-552-2490 or on the radio at 1700 AM.
— Ryan Pfeil