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Seeing Smoke Near Oroville Airport? Training Burns Continue Thru Wednesday

Butte Co CAL FIRE will be teaching Fire Investigation to their firefighters near the Oroville Airport on Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday preparatory control burns are taking place.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Jun. 11, 2018 5:45 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - We will be seeing smoke coming from the Oroville Airport thru Wednesday of this week.

CAL FIRE is holding a Fire Investigation class Wednesday in a field near the Oroville Airport. Monday afternoon and Tuesday will be spent preparing the ground with a series of small controlled burns. This will ensure firefighters-in-training will be safe, and also give students more hands-on experience.

All of CAL FIRE's Butte County firefighters have to do basic fire investigation training. Spokesperson John Gaddie said, "We want to know how fires start, whether it's suspicious in nature or some kind of natural behavior, we want to know how fires start. It helps with data, stats, all that kind of information."

On Wednesday all students will get their own plot. "Each one has been ignited a certain way so they can learn about various burn indicators," Gaddie continued.

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