Notice of Controlled Burn Planned in Britt Woods, Jacksonville

NOTICE OF CONTROLLED BURN PLANNED IN JACKSONVILLE, OREGON

 

A prescribed fire is planned for Britt Woods in Jacksonville as early as this Friday, October 20  

As part of the Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project, partners are planning a prescribed understory burn in Britt Woods, as weather conditions allow. Through a contract with the City of Jacksonville, an experienced team from Grayback Forestry, with support from Lomakatsi Restoration Project, will carefully conduct a controlled burn on up to 15 acre as early as Friday, October 20, with the operation window potentially continuing into the following week. Operations are closely coordinated with City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Fire Department, and Jacksonville Woodlands Association. 

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Why prescribed fire 

Partners are excited for the opportunity to bring prescribed fire to the Britt Woods. Regular fire from lightening and indigenous burning has shaped the dry forest ecosystems of Southern Oregon for millennia. Low intensity fire, when carefully applied under exacting conditions, brings many ecological benefits and substantially reduces the risk of severe wildfire to the community and the ecosystem. Prescribed fire is also the most cost effective method of maintaining forest health and ecological fuels reduction treatments over time.  

About the Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project 

The Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project is a strategic, ecologically-minded collaboration  

to help reduce the threat of wildfire within and adjacent to specific areas of Jacksonville. Partners include Lomakatsi Restoration Project, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Woodlands Association, Jacksonville Fire Department, local FireWise communities, and members of Rogue Forest Partners including the local OSU Extension, and Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative. Together, partners have raised over $1.5 million to assist landowners and the City of Jacksonville in reducing wildfire risk through ecological thinning and prescribed fire. Learn more at lomakatsi.org/jacksonville. 

The Jacksonville project is located within the footprint of the greater West Bear All-Lands Restoration Project, which spans 27,000 acres of the wildland urban interface west of Bear Creek and the I-5 corridor from Talent to Jacksonville. Learn more about the West Bear Project and Rogue Forest Partners at rogueforestpartners.org. 

 

 

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