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Pilots encouraged to help spot fires in Oregon

Wildfires have burned more than 2.3 million acres in more than 15 states across the country as of August 9, according to the National Interagency Fire CenterOregon has 16 large active fires burning more than 580,000 acres, and one official is encouraging pilots who fly in the state to report any fires they see from the air.
Photo courtesy of Kurt Kleiner, Acting National Airspace Program Manager BLM OR-WA State Office.

Col. Paul Ehrhardt with the Benton County Oregon Sheriff’s Office Air Search and Rescue department is requesting that pilots who are flying in the state look for and report fire starts.

“This will go a long way in getting fires spotted and stopped before they grow too big to stop,” Ehrhardt wrote to AOPA.

Pilots can look for fire starts during takeoff, en route, and during landing, and report the location of fires to air traffic control.

While flying in areas that could be affected by wildfires, pilots should check notams for temporary flight restrictions as well as flight conditions that could be restricted by smoke.

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Topics: Backcountry, Mountain Flying, Situational Awareness

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