The burns will be on Frank Hill, just west of town and above Highway 99. Ashland Fire and Rescue says this is the first time the wind and weather have aligned for safe controlled burns to occur.
“Cutting it, putting it into burn piles, and burning it when the weather and the conditions are right, is the best way to get rid of that fuel ahead of a summer wildfire,” Chris Chambers, Division Chief at Ashland Fire and Rescue, said.
Smoke from the operation could be seen for miles. People close to the controlled burns may be able to smell the smoke, but it shouldn’t last long.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
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