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Kansas Agency Hosting Wildfire Training

Associated Press - March 14, 2014 5:50 am

Kansas Forest Service officials will hold a wildland fire training session this month for state and regional responders.

The weeklong event starts March 23 and will focus on reducing hazardous fuels that can lead to rapid spread of fires in wild areas.

Crews will be working near Toronto State Lake in southeast Kansas and at the Kansas Forest Service Jackman Demonstration Forest in nearby Leon.

Using fire trucks, chainsaws, hand tools and prescribed burns, the teams will attempt to clear growth that can become dry and quickly ignite during a wildfire.

The training is designed to help students and firefighters learn good techniques in a controlled environment.