Wildfire arson team back in action

Wildfire arson team back in action

Oregon’s wildfire arson patrol will be back on duty beginning next month after a two year hiatus.

The patrol, which began in 1997, was closed in 2009 due to budget constraints. It will again cover the fire season — July through mid-October — and be funded through a federal State Fire Assistance grant that the forest service applies for annually.

The team will work with the Oregon Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon State Police as it investigates potential arson-caused wildfires.

Read more at OPB.