A pair of controlled burns are planned Thursday off Strawberry Lane on the southwest side of Ashland and along the 2060-400 Road in the Ashland Watershed near Ostrich Peak, Ashland Forest Resiliency has announced. Burns took place in the same locations Tuesday.

Smoke will be visible from town and may impact No Candies Trail and the 400 Road.

A burn map and readings on Ashland’s air quality index will be posted at ashlandwatershed.org. Signups for a text alert service about controlled burns and other work in the Ashland watershed are available on the website, or text WATERSHED to 31279.

Information is also available by calling the smoke and wildfire hotline at 541-552-2490.

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.

AFR is a partnership between the city of Ashland, U.S. Forest Service, Lomakatsi Restoration Project and the Nature Conservancy.