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MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013

CONTACT: Brian Haines, public information officer
N.C. Forest Service
Greg Hicks, assistant regional forester
N.C. Forest Service
919-542-1515, 919-691-0125

Wildfire-simulation exercise to be conducted at Umstead State Park on Oct. 10

WHO/WHAT: About 100 employees of the N.C. Forest Service, North Carolina State Parks and Raleigh-Durham International Airport will take part in a simulated wildfire as part of a weeklong training program. Nothing will be set on fire.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. through mid-afternoon
William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

WHY: Training exercises help agencies prepare as a team to respond quickly and safely to wildfires. The Forest Service holds three fire schools across the state each year. This fire school is scheduled for Oct. 7-11 and includes classroom instruction in addition to the field exercise. At its conclusion, students and coaches will critique and discuss their experiences.

No visitor facilities or trails will be closed during the exercise, but visitors will likely notice emergency vehicles in the park and firefighters in some public areas. The Forest Service and State Parks stress that the increased activity is for training purposes only. Firefighters will train with a variety of equipment, including engines, pumps and hand tools.

The park was chosen for the exercise because of the need for large blocks of forestland that have the potential for large fires with significant smoke implications.



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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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