As the Cedar Creek Fire continues to burn at zero percent containment, Senator Jeff Merkley came to the area Friday to discuss fire suppression efforts and more funding for wildfire response.
His first stop Friday at the Cedar Creek Incident Command Post where he met with fire officials and introduced new legislation to fight fires here in Oregon.
The Bipartisan Civilian Conservation Center Enhancement Act; it's a joint effort with Montana Senator Steve Daines. If it passes, students in the Labor Department's "job corps" program would be able to get training in fighting wildland fires. "Our hope is to rein in and train an addition 300 people in firefighting profession every year out of the CCC program" said Senator Jeff Merkley.