The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) has announced it will conduct a small controlled burn Thursday, March 16. Ignition is scheduled at 9 a.m. for 14 acres of slash piles near Toothpick Trail in the watershed. Smoke will be visible from many areas of the community and could impact Toothpick Trail at Lamb Saddle.

Controlled burns under the right conditions, AFR says, reduce the risk of severe summer wildfires and dense smoke while protecting forests, water supply, the economy and the community.

Crews from the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest, Grayback Forestry, and Lomakatsi Restoration Project are managing the burn.