May 29, 2013
Media invited to observe wildfire drills: May 30 and June 1
Several agencies work together to prepare for fire season
OLYMPIA – Members of the news media are invited to observe wildfire drills this week as local, state, tribal and federal agencies in Washington State prepare for the 2013 wildfire season.
A training drill on May 30 will involve inmate wildland fire suppression crews from Airway Heights Corrections Center, near Spokane. A second, and larger, drill—the Multi-Agency Wildfire Drill (MAWD)—will be held on Saturday, June 1, at the Camas Center on the Kalsipel Indian Reservation. More than 90 firefighters from several firefighting agencies will participate in the June 1 drill.
Media opportunity: Airway Heights Corrections Center Fire Crew
| Who:||Airway Heights Corrections inmate wildland fire suppression crews and officials from Department of Corrections and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.|
| What:||Photo and interview opportunities. Crew members will train on using fire hoses, building fire lines, and deploying fire shelters.|
| When:||May 30, 2013, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. |
| Where:||State Trust Land on Bowie Road|
|From Airway Heights (Yokes Fresh Market, 12825 W. Sunset Hwy.): Travel west on Hwy 2 approximately 6.5 miles.|
Turn right (north) on North Wood Road (South Espanola) and travel approximately 4 miles.
Turn right (east) on Bowie Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles.
Turn left (north) on a dirt road (look for signs) and drive in to training area.
Media opportunity: Multi-Agency Wildfire Drill (MAWD)
|The Multi-Agency Wildfire Drill (MAWD) by members of the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kalispel Tribe, Spokane Tribe, and Spokane County and Pend Oreille County fire districts.|
| What:||Photo and interview opportunity of firefighters. Live fire will be used, weather permitting. Approximately 90 firefighters from several agencies will participate in field training, including several ‘live’ fire drills, as part of a multi-day training event. |
| When:||June 1, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. |
| Where:||Camas Center, Kalispel Indian Reservation, Usk, Washington|
|Drive north on Highway 2 toward Newport, Washington. |
At the junction of Highway 2 & Highway 211, turn north onto Hwy 211, heading towards Usk. Travel approximately 16 miles.
Turn left on Highway 20.
Travel 0.4 miles and turn right onto 5th Street.
Travel 0.9 miles through Usk and across the Pend Oreille River. Turn left at Le Clerc Road North immediately after crossing the bridge.
Travel North for 1.9 miles. The Camas Center will be on the left.
Turn left on Pow Wow Park Road (just past the Camas Center). Access to the media center will be on the west side of the building.
Note: Cell phone coverage is limited in the area. Please call ahead if you have questions.
May 30, 2013, event:
Risa Klemme, Administrative Program Manager, Department of Corrections, 509-244-6732
June 1, 2013, event:
Matt Ugaldea, DNR Northeast Region Landowner Assistance Forester, 509-496-2314
Bob Redling, DNR Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1149, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Gifford, DNR Northeast Region Fire Prevention Forester, 509-990-6218, email@example.com
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