Two controlled burns are planned in the Ashland area on Tuesday, Jan. 23, Ashland Forest Resiliency Project partners have announced.

The first burn is near the upper end of Ashland Mine Road. Smoke will be visible on the western edge of town in the Wright's Creek area. Avoid the area if you're smoke sensitive, AFR advises.

The second burn is southeast of town on Old Highway 99. Smoke may be visible on Old Highway 99, off Interstate 5 and near Emigrant Lake. 

Burn bosses will check weather to ensure burns happen under conditions optimal for smoke to move away from town, though citizens may smell light smoke at times.

Controlled burns under safe conditions reduce the risk of severe summer wildfires and prolonged, dense smoke and protect our forests, water supply, economy, and community, according to AFR.

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 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.