SALEM, Ore. — With smoke from the 2017 wildfires still fresh in the minds of Oregonians, the Oregon Department of Forestry is already gearing up for this summer’s wildfires.
· Contracts and agreements for firefighting equipment, aircraft and other resources have been signed
· A new policy governing use of remotely piloted aerial vehicles (also known as drones or UAVs) has been adopted. These systems will support fire protection and natural resource management.
· Hiring of seasonal firefighters is underway. New firefighters will attend training at ODF and interagency fire schools across the state in June.
· Permanent and returning firefighters will take fire line refresher training over the next two months.
· Hundreds of miles of fire hose have been cleaned and rolled, ready for use statewide.
|Above: A large air tanker drops water in Grant County |
as part of a demonstration of its firefighting capabilities.
Last year, contracted aircraft flew 1,477 hours on firefighting missions for ODF, more than 100 hours above average, he said. For 2018 the agency has contracted the same number of aircraft as last year.
ODF will continue to have access to aviation resources from other states and federal agencies upon request.
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