Notice of Controlled Burn Near Jacksonville, Oregon

 

Lomakatsi Restoration Project has received clearance to conduct a controlled underburn today, Thursday, May 16, on up to 32 acres on private land just south of downtown Jacksonville, in the vicinity of Sterling Creek Rd/Poormans Creek Rd/W Griffin Creek Rd. An experienced team from Grayback Forestry, with support from Lomakatsi and Applegate Fire, will lead the operation. We thank the community for their understanding as we implement this important work through the Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project to reduce the risk of severe wildfire to people, homes, and the ecosystem. 

Why prescribed fire 

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.

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Text “RFP Update” to (541) 843-8484 to receive periodic updates about the Jacksonville Community Wildfire Protection Project and other restoration efforts in the Rogue Valley, from Lomakatsi and Rogue Forest Partners. 

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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