With much of the western USA in record setting drought, uncontrolled wildfires have sprung up in many western states. With the financial support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, APBPC Fire Management & GIS Specialist Tyler Briggs, and APBPC Fire Management Technicians Sam Griffis and Paul Gallery, joined a 20 person USFWS wildland firefighting team for a 14-day deployment in Oregon. Their crew includes state and federal agency staff from VT, ME, MA, PA, MD, NH and RI. The Commission is pleased to be able to help our partners at the Fish and Wildlife Service and appreciate the valuable training opportunity they’ve provided. The experience is sure to benefit fire management in the Preserve’s globally-rare, fire-dependent pitch pine scrub oak barrens.