Fire season has officially started and new recruits are doing everything that they can to prepare.
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s seasonal firefighters started their training on June 11th. Roughly 50 candidates are participating and for some, this is their first exposure to firefighting techniques and procedures.
“The first two days are classroom training so we're in there with some instructors who have been out on the fire lines for 20 years and we have some books and we're just going through those things... watching some videos," Natalie Weber, Public Information Officer for ODF tells News 10. "On Thursday and Friday they're going to get out in the field and actually do some of these techniques that they're learning and get some hands on experience."