DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Wildfire season in Douglas County is underway, and 50 new firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association participated in field exercises to get hands-on experience.
Friday concluded the week-long training for the new firefighters. They spent the morning cutting fire line and going through several stations, studying the engines and the pumps.
Douglas Forest Prevention Association specialist Kyle Reed said the state has seen below-normal raining on the snow pack. Going into fire season, he said the conditions are so severe, that makes the training even more important.
"This hands-on training is very important because it gives them the opportunity to practice all this stuff before they get into an actual fire situation, so it gives them a chance to use the engines and the pumps and dig some hand line and different things like that," Reed said.
Reed also said there's already been above-normal fires for this time of the year, not only in Douglas County but throughout the state. He said the increased fire activity will keep firefighters throughout the county on alert. He said Friday's training went as expected and said there's a number of training exercises planned for the next couple weeks, including simulated events and live-fire training.