Caddo-Womble Ranger District holds 36th Annual Wildland Fire School

MT. IDA, Ark. — State and local fire agencies and Ouachita National Forest partners attended the Caddo-Womble Ranger District’s 36th Annual Wildland Fire School held at the Mountain Harbor Resort in Mt. Ida, Ark., Feb., 26.

Each year the school provides basic and refresher training to forestry personnel and partner agencies that work together throughout Arkansas’ wildland fire season on both private and public lands.

During the Fire School, attendees were briefed on helicopter safety and provided updates on various topics from State, local and Forest Service agencies and partners, including the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy.

Joseph Goudsward, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, Ark., gave a presentation on the weather during 2018 and expectations for 2019.

“The school provides us an opportunity to receive updates from our cooperators, partners and volunteer fire departments,” said Justus Beggs, assistant district fire management officer for the Caddo-Womble Ranger District. “It is also a time where can coordinate our resources on prescribed burns when possible.”

Helitack superintendent provides information on aviation safety

Photo caption– Bjorn Burgeson, Helitack superintendent, provides information on aviation safety and helicopter capabilities to Wildland Fire School attendees.




Wildland Fire School attendees

Photo caption - Group photo of Wildland Fire School attendees.



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