Two controlled burns are planned for Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project has announced.

A controlled burn above the Talent Irrigation District (TID) canal just east of Walker Avenue and south of Paradise Lane is expected to be highly visible above the middle of Ashland. 

Residents in the immediate area may smell smoke periodically during the day and into the evening. Anyone sensitive to smoke should avoid walking on the TID canal trail and keep windows shut until Thursday morning. The proximity to town and adjacent homes on the edge of the city makes this a high priority area for reducing fire danger through use of controlled burning.

The second burn is planned in the upper Wright's Creek area further west of town.

Workers from Lomakatsi Restoration Project will staff the burns and keep an eye on smoke all day.

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.