Some 50 personnel from various government agencies and organizations will take part in the Prescribed Fire Training Exchange or “TREX” over the next two weeks. The program is from the Fire Learning Network, a cooperative effort of Department of Interior agencies and the USDA Forest Service and run by The Nature Conservancy.
In a press release from Chris Chambers of Ashland Fire & Rescue, the program is meant for “sharing experience and knowledge to help further the practice of safe and appropriate use of fire for the benefit of nature and people.”
On Wednesday, firefighters were set to go out and get hands-on experience working with controlled burns in the Ashland watershed but due to wet and windy weather conditions, a training was held at Emigrant Lake. If weather permits, they will hold controlled burns later this week or next week.
TREX events take place across the country to help teach controlled burning methods. This is the fourth time Ashland has held one of these events.
NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.