DNR and wildland fire safety featured at Weather Education Day at Safeco

Charley Burns, a Wildland Fire Unit Forester for DNR, demonstrates an emergency fire shelter at Weather Education Day yesterday at Safeco Field.

Showing them how it’s done. DNR’s Charley Burns, Wildland Fire Unit Forester for DNR’s South Puget Sound Region (King, Pierce, Kitsap and Mason counties), demonstrated the rapid deployment of an emergency fire shelter (see photo) yesterday at Safeco Field.

Burns was a featured guest at the annual Weather Education Day hosted by the Seattle Mariners and Fisher Broadcasting. Charley explained the gear and tools used by wildland firefighters and showed the 5,000 students attending the event how to deploy an emergency fire shelter within 25 seconds.

Read more about Weather Education Day and see more photos, on the National Weather Service-Seattle Facebook page.

DNR, by the way, is the state’s largest wildland fire department, protecting nearly 13 million acres of state, private, tribal and other public lands from wildfire. Each fire season, 1,000 permanent and seasonal employees of DNR are ready and trained to respond to wildfire incidents statewide.

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