Clackamas Fire to conduct training exercise last week of August through the first week of September

Oregon City residents walking along the McLoughlin Promenade may have noticed all the wood that is being brought in and placed on top of two structures in the former Blue Heron paper mill.

No, it's not that there's remodeling being done on some of the buildings that were purchased out of a bankruptcy auction by developer George Heidgerken for $2.2 million in 2014.

The real reason for all the wood is that the property has been leased to Clackamas Fire for a training exercise. During the last week of August through the first week of September, various firefighting jurisdictions will converge at the former paper plant to burn the wood and learn techniques for fighting fires.

The light-brown patches on the roofs are deliveries of new wood to be burnt in two former paper-mill buildings.All the wood will be removed after the training, which consists of smoke venting of the structures.

The public can expect to see smoke coming from these buildings during the training. Oregon City Building Official Mike Roberts said that no permits were necessary for conducting the trainings in the two structures, the Filter Plant and the warehouse section of the No. 3 Paper Machine.

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