Klamath Falls media fire season training

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Fire crews aren’t the only ones gearing up and getting ready for fire season.

Tamara Schmidt of the Fremont-Winema National Forest notes that getting video from the edge of a wildfire isn’t without risk…

“It could actually be pretty dangerous.”

Members of the media met with forestry officials Monday for orientation, and fire shelter training.

Special emphasis is placed on what sort of personal protective equipment is needed to get on the fire line.

“I want them to know that our first priority is their safety.”  Notes Lisa Swinney of the Fremont-Winema.  “And second of all, to get them what they need for information.”

Social media is playing an increasingly large role during fire season.

“Unfortunately, there are many more opportunities for misinformation to get out.”  Points out the Bureau of Land Management’s Larisa Borgardus.  “So we would always encourage you to go to agency sources for the latest official information.”

Tamara Schmidt adds the orientation also provides an opportunity for media and forestry officials to meet face to face…

“To help ensure that we have a good working relationship before fire season starts.”


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