The Ashland Forest Resiliency Project has wrapped up another successful controlled burn season. Officials finished critical pile burns in the Ashland watershed and close to the community, and their first fall and winter underburns in December and February for a combined total of 1,374 burn acres completed since October.
Authorities say: Now that summer wildfire season has begun, report any smoke to 911.
Burning piles during wet weather was productive this season – having fewer burn piles remaining than any other year going into fire season. Just 352 acres remain, compared to over 2,000 acres in many past years. By ownership, 870 acres of pile burning was completed on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 167 acres on City of Ashland and Ashland Parks Commission forestlands, and 139 acres on private land for a season total of 1,176 pile burn acres.
Expert fire teams also carefully managed 123 acres of underburning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and another 75 acres on private land for a season total of 198 acres of “good fire”. Underburns create the most effective fire suppression opportunities in strategic areas next to town and in the watershed. They are the critical final step in the ecological restoration process for maintaining fire-adapted landscapes and safety for the community.
The City of Ashland, Nature Conservancy, Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest and Lomakatsi Restoration Project want to honor and thank all the prescribed fire professionals and forest workers who helped make this controlled burn season a success.
Courtesy of City of Ashland