With the return of rain, crews from the U.S. Forest Service and Lomakatsi Restoration Project will burn piles in two locations on Friday, Jan. 5.

Lomakatsi will continue to burn in the upper Wagner Creek area building on work completed Thursday, and the Forest Service will manage a 16-acre burn along the 2080 road between the Eastview Trailhead and Four Corners.

Smoke may affect the 2080 road during the day, but all roads and trails will remain open.

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.

For more information on the Ashland Forest Resiliency burn program, see www.ashland.or.us/controlledburns.

Signups for a text alert service about controlled burns and other work in the Ashland watershed is also available on the website, or text WATERSHED to 31279. Information is also available by calling the smoke and wildfire hotline at 541-552-2490.