Prescribed Burns Scheduled In Ashland

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Smoke filled the skies above Ashland this afternoon as Ashland Fire orchestrated a “prescribed burn.”

Officials say both the timing and the weather were just right to have a controlled burn on about 14 acres on city-owned land on Tuesday.

The burn started on Tuesday and will continue for two more days. Fire officials say it is important to clear out some of the fire fuels as a precaution to the upcoming fire season.

“It’s helping to create a better safety barrier for the citizens of Ashland. It’s right on the edge of the water shed so it’s helping to reduce the potential for a fire to move either from or to the watershed,” said Marguerite Hickman, with Ashland Fire.

Fire officials say residents can also help out by clearing out any potentially hazardous debris around their yard.