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Firefighters will train on prescribed burn

First-year firefighters and other support personnel will get in a live fire exercise on a small one-to-two-acre prescribed burn near Sisters on Wednesday.

The burn will be touched off approximately eight miles south of Sisters near Forest Service Road 16. Ignitions are expected to begin at approximately 11

a.m. and last about three hours depending on weather conditions. Smoke will be visible to residents of Sisters and people travelling through Sisters.

The exercise is the final activity of annual fire training called “Guard School,” which is required of all first-year firefighters and other support personnel. The live fire exercise will include trainees from the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Prineville District BLM, Sunriver Fire Department, Cloverdale Fire Department, and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.

The area of the burn will be monitored for as long as there is an expectation of spread.

To receive text alerts about prescribed burns and wildfires in Deschutes County, the public can text “COFIRE” to 888-777.


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