Good kind of smoke
Fire School returns to Sweet Home after four-year hiatus
July 5, 2023
That plume of smoke rising over Foster Lake Friday morning, June 30, was a good thing.
The five-day Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School returned to Sweet Home last week for the first time since 2019, following a COVID pandemic-induced hiatus.
The training program public and private agencies culminated with a live fire exercise Friday on Marks Ridge, just outside of Sweet Home. More than 200 wildland firefighters and instructors participated.
The live fire was a controlled burn of slash piles created by forest management activities. It presented trainees with a final cha...