2017-08-16 / Front Page

Forestry Unit sends 2 men to fight Oregon fire

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


The Millen News travelled with Jenkins County Forestry Unit Wildland Firefighters, from left, Caleb Butler and Jason Wilson, to Warm Springs, Oregon, where the two firefighters are fighting the Nena Springs Wildfire. 
(Photo contributed) The Millen News travelled with Jenkins County Forestry Unit Wildland Firefighters, from left, Caleb Butler and Jason Wilson, to Warm Springs, Oregon, where the two firefighters are fighting the Nena Springs Wildfire. (Photo contributed) Jason Wilson and Caleb Butler, Wildland Firefighters with the Jenkins County Forestry Unit, are among members of a 20-man hand crew from Georgia fighting the Nena Springs Wildfire near Warm Springs, Oregon. Approximately 443 firefighters are battling the 40,000-acre wildfire that is only 25% contained. They are expected to be in Oregon from 14-21 days.

The Georgia Forestry Commission Rangers serve as wildland firefighters to protect the valuable woodland resources from the devastating effects of wildfires. It is physically demanding work and requires operating heavy equipment and using various hand tools and water handling equipment in all types of weather conditions and challenging terrain. When not fighting fires, other duties include plowing presuppression firebreaks, running the masticator, assisting with prescribed burning, tending to building maintenance, completing reports and more.

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