Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wildland fires in Tigard, Cornelius today are training exercises

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) and Clean Water Services will be joining forces on Wednesday, August 17th to clear non-native vegetation from a parcel of property owned by Clean Water Services just east of Cook Park at the end of SW 85th Street in Tigard.

Clean Water Services wants to restore the area to an oak savannah and TVF&R will assist them by setting small brush fires to burn away non-native vegetation. The event also provides firefighters the opportunity to hone their wildland firefighting techniques.

Hot and dry conditions this time of year produce ideal training circumstances because smoke rises rapidly and fuels burn quickly. If weather conditions are not favorable for a safe burn, fire commanders will cancel the event. The fire is expected to start about 1:30 pm.

Media wanting additional information about the Tigard exercise should contact Brian Barker, TVF&R Public Affairs Officer.

The Cornelius Fire Department will be holding a live fire training event burning approximately 20 acres of wheat stubble on SW Golf Course Road south of the City of Cornelius. This event will likely produce a smoke column that will be easily visible in the sky from anywhere in western Washington County, especially the Highway 219 area between Newberg and Hillsboro.

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