Oregon Department of Forestry began phase two of evaluation of night single-engine air tanker (SEAT) operations July 15.

Phase two builds on the training and lessons learned during phase one, which occurred in Grant County in July 2019. ODF’s Aviation Unit has been working with the contractor to develop safety guidelines and procedures for target and firefighter identification for night operations on ODF protected lands. Firefighters from the John Day Unit will again coordinate in the training and evaluation of the operation. There will be increased night traffic at the airport during the week of July 20 as part of the SEAT evaluation activity.

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