Smoke Expected From Controlled Burn Near Ashland

Although the ground is still moist, prescribed fire crews have detected good conditions for beginning an opportunity this spring to bring back good fire to protect the community and watershed from severe summer fires.

Grayback Forestry and Lomakatsi Restoration Project are managing a controlled burn on private-land west of town high above Ashland Mine Road on behalf of the Ashland Forest Resiliency all-lands program.

Smoke Could Impact Neighborhoods on the Western Edge of Ashland

  • Neighborhood Impact: Based on last year’s burns in this location, officials know that smoke can impact homes in the Wright’s Creek neighborhood, Ashland Mine Road to North Main St, and down to Hwy 99 at Valley View Road in the evening and overnight hours.
  • Recommended Precautions: If you smell smoke; consider staying inside, close windows and turn on air filters. Visit for health recommendations.
  • Smoke Visible: Smoke will be visible during the day from Ashland, Talent, and much of the valley with views toward Ashland. Please do not report smoke unless it is not located in the area of the burn.

Officials recognize the recent escaped burn in New Mexico is a tragic, yet rare event, and they want to assure the public that although they cannot eliminate all risk, crews take safety seriously by burning during safe conditions. Burns are adequately staffed with professional firefighters and using modern tools like drone imagery to monitor the burns.

The Grayback Forestry team has been monitoring weather forecasts and fuel moisture to prepare for this first burn of the spring season. Crews who manage smoke, fire conditions on the ground and crew safety are monitoring from the ground level to even above the controlled burn.

Courtesy of City of Ashland

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