ASHLAND, Ore. – The City of Ashland and Parks and Recreation Commission are working to prevent another tragedy like the Almeda fire from occurring.
Work crews are removing flammable brush and blackberries next to neighborhoods most susceptible to summer flames.
Officials say the need comes after assessing and mapping wildfire risk on public properties.
The areas of concern are the North Mountain Park area, Ashland Dog Park and Wastewater Treatment Plant, which are all east of where the Almeda fire started.
The goal is to tackle the problem before it becomes an emergency, according to Parks and Recreation Commission director Michael Black.
"Public safety and the protection of their homes from fire and their own personal safety as well is paramount, and that's why we're coming in and we are doing our best to move blackberries as far away from homes as possible to get ahead of this problem so that we're not in a position late this summer or in the fall again, where we're in an emergency and it's too late to do something about it," Black said.
Black says the removal work will also prevent a fire from going up the Bear Creek and Ashland Creek corridors.
He says they have to get the work done before May 1st because that’s when nesting season starts.