Ashland will burn brush

The city will burn brush piles in upper Lithia Park and Strawberry-Hald Park as early as this week, in an effort to reduce fuel for wildfires.

The exact date of the burning hasn't been decided because it is dependent on the weather, city officials said Monday.

The brush piles are near the intersection of Glenview Drive and Ashland Loop Road and north of Strawberry Lane near Skycrest Drive, Ditch Road and Grandview Drive.

The city will also burn vegetation outside city limits at Siskiyou Mountain Park, above Park Street.

Workers will thin and burn vegetation to help reduce wildfire danger and increase forest health, the city said in a release.

Fuel-reduction work on the city's forestlands helped contain the Siskiyou fire in 2009 and the Lithia fire in 2007, according to the city.

The city's Parks Department will secure burn permits from Ashland Fire & Rescue and the Department of Forestry before conducting the burning, city officials said.

Open burning in the city limits must meet standards for safety and air quality.

Ashland Fire & Rescue grants burning permits only for wildfire fuel-reduction work and noxious weed management. For more information call the Parks Department at 541-488-5340 or Ashland Fire & Rescue at 541-552-2066.

Information on the controlled burns will be recorded on the city's wildfire hotline, 541-552-2490.

—Hannah Guzik

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