Firefighters receive hands-on brush fire training

Central Point, Ore. — Wildland firefighters got some hands-on training Thursday before wildfire season really kicks off.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, alongside Fire District 3, set nearly two-dozen acres of grass on fire as part of a training exercise in Central Point.

Four crews worked to keep the quickly-spreading blaze at bay, while also practicing techniques crucial to fighting back grass fires.

ODF Public Affairs Officer Melissa Cano said, “It’s very much a team effort because Fire District 3 and ODF often respond so many times together to a brush fire so it’s really important to be prepared so when they get these calls later they’re good to go.”

Permission to burn on the 30-acre field was given by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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