Controlled burns scheduled in Applegate Valley through Wednesday

Weather-permitting, controlled burns are scheduled through Wednesday in the Applegate Valley.

The burns will be held on private property near Rocky Creek and the Missouri Flat area, according to Nature Conservancy official Darren Borgias.

Crews burned through about six acres in the area on Sunday, with 10-acre and 4-acre plots to follow today, all to better reduce the severity of wildfires during the summer months.

Smoke should be visible from many points in the Applegate, but likely will not be visible from the Rogue Valley, Borgias said.

The scheduled burns are part of the ongoing Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange event, which has drawn participants from fire agencies across the world, including Ireland, Canada and Mexico.

Crews already have concluded burns in the Ashland watershed. More information is available at

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