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June 11, 2014

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166 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 BUHeufJ, ~ecora, rrogresslve, Keporter A smoke plume rises into the air as flames within the training area intensify. Almanor Ranger District crew I works to suppress a wildfire during a training exercise May 15. TRAINING. from page 1B were next to arrive. All responders came from the Almanor Ranger District, with the exception of engine 14, which traveled to the scene from Mineral. By 11:30 a.m. all units were briefed and ready to go. IC Outland said their strategy was to use an "anchor and flank" method to attack the ff re, which consisted of first building a barrier around each side of the fire to avoid spreading. As part of his training exercise, Outland was asked a variety of questions such as whatthe fire's origins were, if any structures were threatened and if there were any injuries. As IC, it was his duty to know the answers to the questions but also to delegate the answers to someone else so he could stay as alert as possible. Although it was a drill, the firefighters were dealing with a very live fire and had up pumping systems to help to work diligently to ensure extinguish the flames, while it stayed where they wanted hand crews cut fire lines with it. Hennessey said that it is pulaskis, used McLeods to common for firefighters to be rake forest debris, ran stressed out when arriving chainsaws to cut large dead on scene but it is important and down debris, and for them to stay aware, keep employed shovels to dig line calm and have a clear mind and knock down flames, in order to get the job done The Dusty Fire, which safely and quickly, started as 5 acres of Each ff~'efighter played an deliberate burning, was important role in contained by 4 p.m., roughly suppressing the fire. Engine six hours after it was crews put in hose lays and set reported. ~::.$.:::.:.::::~!~i !~ i ................ ~;~ ~'~:::~ ~:~ ~:~!!::~i~ :i :.:.~:: ::::~ . ~(~ ~ ;!~,~' ~o ~.~:~ Fire season is upon us and local agencies are being proactive in reacting to the danger. Next week's regional page will feature the emergency preparedness drill conducted June 1 in Meadow Valley that included fire departments from across the county, the Forest Service, Cal Fire, various county departments and other agencies. :~ ~':i : " :!:. ~ i ::i~:~ Incident commander type 4 trainee John (Scotty) Outland works diligently to prepare his crew for a long day of fighting fire. A drip torch is used to manually start a forest fire 2 miles west of Stump Ranch for training purposes.