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By Sean C. Morgan
Of The New Era 

Earth, wind and fire: High-schoolers get real-life training in wildland firefighting


April 12, 2016

havior for high school forestry students during Sweet Home High School’s fire school. Some 87 students from nine schools participated in the program Wednesday through Friday at Camp Tadmore and at a site on Scott Mountain.

Pat MacMeekin fanned flames uphill toward a house Friday morning as he demonstrated fire behavior to high school students attending Sweet Home High School’s annual fire school.

The tongues of fire moved through dried twigs arranged on a table with a pair of simulated hilltops. At the summmit of one was a small paper house. MacMeekin, who works at the Philomath office of the Oregon Department of Forestry, picked up a fan to simulate how wind can push flames in a wildfire.

The flames climbed the simulated hillside. Waiting below on the other side of the hill was a simulated town.

The ta...

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