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Prescribed burn planned for Dollar Mountain – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Crews plan to burn piles of thinned trees and brush to reduce fire danger on Dollar Mountain north of Grants Pass. Photo of Grants City Pass

Smoke could be visible from Dollar Mountain north of Grants Pass this week as crews burn piles of thinned trees and brush to reduce fire danger.

The Oregon Forest Department, alongside Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Rural Metro Fire and Grayback Forestry, will burn the piles based on favorable weather conditions, ODF said.

The park, which features madrones and manzanitas, hiking trails, wildflowers and scenic vistas, is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Grants Pass.

This project is the first phase of the Mount Dollar Forest Park management plan. Firefighters aim to burn pre-piled piles on 155 of the total 447 acres to reduce fire danger on the mountain and in Grants Pass. The park is owned by the City of Grants Pass, ODF said.

The city’s burn window is open from April 23 to May 1. Firefighters are confident they can keep the fire under control while mitigating the fire risk to the surrounding area, ODF said.

The collaborative project includes fire departments, the Federal Bureau of Land Management and Josephine County, the ODF said.