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August 15, 2001
FIRE SITUATION UPDATE: National Guard to assist at Quartz and Monument Fires
 
Salem, Ore.- Oregon National Guard soldiers will be arriving at their respective armories throughout the day in preparation for deployment to fire training and subsequent movement to a fire line. 

The soldiers, from 1-82 Cavalry, headquartered in Bend; 1249 Engineers, headquartered in Salem; 1-162 Infantry, headquartered in Forest Grove; 2-162 Infantry, headquartered in Cottage Grove; and 1-186 Infantry, headquartered in Ashland, are on state active duty for a period of 21 days. These soldiers trained last year in support of wildfires will receive refresher training tomorrow and deploy to fire lines on Friday.
 
Fire training will be held at five locations: Bend Armory, Oregon Military Academy in Monmouth, Eugene Armory, Medford Armory, and the McMinnville Armory. Training is scheduled to begin at approximately 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2001.
 
The recertification (refresher course) will include an in-depth review of safety-critical elements including fire orders; communications; lookouts; safety zones; the 18 situations that shout "Watch Out"; and LCES (lookouts, communications, escape routes and safety zones). The course also includes review of fire shelter use and a shelter deployment drill.
 
Fire safety, fire behavior, crew procedures, command structure, standing orders/watch orders, fire fuels, line building and leap frogging will also be included. Trainers are coming from Board of Police Safety Standards and Training, Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
 
At the Birch Creek fire in the Monument Complex, the Oregon National Guard has already deployed three CH-47 Chinook helicopters, each with a 2,000 gallon water bucket; three HEMMT tankers; a 2 ½ ton truck; and 26 personnel.
 
For more information contact:
 
Kay Fristad
(503) 584-3917
Cell (503) 931-5179
or
Maj Jeffery D. Julum
(503) 584-3885
Cell (503) 409-5171