An Ashland Parks and Recreation controlled burn south of town crept into some nearby vegetation and burned about a quarter-acre before parks employees contained it by digging a fire line, an Ashland Fire & Rescue official said.
The controlled burn was at the end of Park Street along the White Rabbit Trail in Siskiyou Mountain Park. Chris Chambers, AFR Forestry Division chief, said it's not uncommon for controlled burns to slop over into nearby vegetation. He commended parks employees for calling AFR, which sent one engine that was joined by Oregon Department of Forestry crews.
"It's great to call early when it's easy to get on top of things," Chambers said.
The fire was contained by the line and no water was necessary, he said.
The parks department has been burning debris piles in the area in recent months to help prepare for the summer fire season.
"This winter has been really challenging because of the dry weather," Chambers said.