SALEM, Ore. — Two single-engine air tankers will fly from their base in Prineville to Salem on Thursday for fire suppression training.

“This annual training provides opportunity for Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) personnel to prepare for fighting fires in and around northwest Oregon during the 2019 fire season,” state forestry says. “Staff on site at the McNary Airfield will practice loading the SEATs with water-enhancing gel while personnel in a field location practice communicating with aircraft from the ground.”

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