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Keely Damara
Students from various state and federal agencies learn to dig line during a live fire exercise south of Sisters on June 20.
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Jacob Soliz, 27, has served the last five years with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One, a U.S. Navy Seabee battalion. “I'm always open to new ideas and doing different things,” said Soliz. “I've done a wide variety of things throughout my course in the Navy, but this happens to be one of the that the off-the-wall ones that I didn't think I would be doing but, so far, I'm really enjoying it.”
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Rolyn Miller, 19, works for the U.S. Forest Service and is a student at OSU-Cascades, where she studies natural resources. “I just moved to Bend this year and I want to feel like I'm a part of the Bend community and not just some person from the (Willamette) Valley who moved across the Cascades,” said Miller.
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Keely Damara
Students from various state and federal agencies learn to dig line during a live fire exercise south of Sisters on June 20.
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Jessica Belt of the U.S. Forest Service practices taking stock of her surroundings during a live fire exercise just south of Sisters on June 20.
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Keely Damara
Students from various state and federal agencies learn to dig line during a live fire exercise south of Sisters on June 20.
Summer has arrived, with fire season right on its tails—and the memory of last year’s destructive wildfires aren’t far from the collective minds of various state and federal agencies tasked with preventing and responding to Oregon wildfires.

Last week, 58 students from various agencies received several days of training organized by the Central Oregon Fire Management Service to become qualified wildland firefighters. In addition to in-class training that focused on communication and team-building skills, the students spent June 20 training in a live fire exercise just south of Sisters. We tagged along.

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