CFD puts out a grass fire, ignites a child’s dream

CFD puts out a grass fire, ignites a child’s dream

30 August 2010

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USA — A grass fire near Canby this afternoon (Monday), ignited by a legal agricultural fire, was extinguished quickly and easily enough that firefighters were able draft a young helper and encourage the child’s dream.

At 1:30 p.m. p.m., Canby Fire District dispatched units to a grass fire at 916 N.W. Territorial Road, where a legal agricultural outdoor fire had ignited a small (50 foot by 50 foot) grass field. The fire was slowly moving uphill, toward a house, and two horses enclosed in the field were excited by the action.

CFD crews quickly extinguished the flames and provided a wet line around the fire. When the grass fire was fully contained, they worked to control the legal burn, made up of agricultural debris from a filbert operation.

CFD Captain Val Codino noticed a small boy, 7-year-old IanGot a News Tip?, intently watching the firefighters work, a CFD press release said. Codino put his helmet on the boy and asked him to help the firefighters squirt water on the fire.

“Ian eagerly accepted the assignment and earned high praise from the firefighters,” said the press release, from CFD’s Troy Buzalsky. “Capt. Codino told Ian when he grew up he would make an excellent firefighter.”

In Oregon, there are three types of regulated fires: backyard burning, recreational fires and agricultural burning. Backyard burning has two distinct seasons, March 1 through June 15 and Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. Recreational (camp) fires are allowed unless fire danger is extreme or unless a municipal rule prohibits their use. Agricultural burning, the burning of agricultural waste from a for-profit agricultural business, is regulated daily based on air quality and fire danger.

Even when burning is permitted, the party conducting the burn is still liable for the fire and responsible for maintaining safe outdoor burning practices.

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