WARRENTON — The Clatsop County Firefighters Association along with the Oregon Army National Guard and Camp Rilea will be conducting a prescribed fire training exercise. The annual training event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.

The purpose of the event is to further firefighting 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 Oregon Department of Forestry. 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 prescribed fire reduces the threat of range fires. Smoke will be visible Sunday west of U.S. Highway 101 in the Camp Rilea and Sunset Beach areas.

Approximately 85 firefighters will be training this weekend. ODF along with Astoria, Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Knappa, Lewis and Clark, Olney- Walluski, Seaside, Warrenton and Multnomah County rural fire departments will partner with the Oregon Military Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal office in participating in the live fire exercise.

The Clatsop County Firefighters Association expresses their appreciation to The Campbell Group for their contribution and support of this local training exercise.

People with questions or concerns may contact Ashley Lertora, Public Information Officer, at the local ODF office at 503-325-5451.

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