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Firefighters across the world are learning about prescribed burning in Ashland

Smoke will be visible in our region for the next several days.

Posted: May 15, 2019 6:11 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019 11:37 AM

ASHLAND, Ore-- Firefighters are tightening up their prescribed burn skills or learning something new.

That's because of TREX or Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange. The firefighters learn why prescribed burning is important and how to do it. "To work on using controlled burning to get ahead of wildfires during the summer" said Chris Chambers, a Division Chief from Ashland Fire Rescue. He says if we are not burning ahead of the summer wildfires. We are just waiting for them to burn us. He tells me these firefighters are from all over the world like Mexico, Spain and Canada.

"Spain does, actually it has a lot of wildfires. If you look at a fire map right now. Mexico has a lot of fire burning in it" said Chambers.

"The main idea is to put the fire out or to put the fire down on the landscape. I think everyone is on the same page" said Mark Dyer a Canadian firefighter. Dyer tells me the terms are different between countries and even states. Everyone has the same goal though so they understand each other. "I think it's great and I think there's room for something like this back home" said Dyer.

Dyer says in British Columbia some people are not a fan of prescribed burns because of the smoke. He feels his province is a few steps behind compared to Southern Oregon. "The community is pretty proactive here, in terms of being fire wise and in terms of opening of their minds to prescription fires" said Dyer.

We consider this burning essential for our wildfire and our community safety. This program will continue for the remainder of this week and next week.

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