WARRENTON - The Clatsop County Firefighters Association along with Oregon National Air Guard and Camp Rilea will be conducting a prescribed fire training exercise called “Northwest Oregon Wildfire School 2012" Saturday July 7 – Sunday July 8, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.

The purpose of the event is to further fire fighting skills in a prescribed live wildland fire situation using the Incident Command System. This training fosters the cooperative working relationships between Clatsop County Emergency Services, local Structural Fire Departments and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

The skills and lessons learned in this event can carry over easily to any emergency situation such as severe winter storms or tsunami. Camp Rilea benefits from hosting this event because the prescribe fire reduces the threat of range fires. Smoke may be visible Sunday west of Highway 101 in the Camp Rilea and Sunset Beach areas.

Over ninety fire fighters from ODF along with Rural Fire Departments from Astoria, Gearhart, Knappa, Lewis & Clark, Newberg, Olney-Walluski, Seaside, Warrenton along with the U.S. Navy will be training this weekend. Persons with questions or concerns may contact the Dispatcher at the Astoria ODF office at 503-325-5451.

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