Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

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Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

Program creates job opportunities, fills demand for firefighters
From left, Devon Strover, Byron Rainer and Curtis Borges learn how to put out a smoldering tree. They were working as a combined crew of veterans and Southwest Conservation Corps members learning how to fight wildfires. The program was offered in May near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield, about a week before the 416 Fire started.

Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

From left, Devon Strover, Byron Rainer and Curtis Borges learn how to put out a smoldering tree. They were working as a combined crew of veterans and Southwest Conservation Corps members learning how to fight wildfires. The program was offered in May near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield, about a week before the 416 Fire started.

Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

The U.S. Forest Service hosted a weeklong firefighter training course for a crew of combined veterans and Southwest Conservation Corps members in late May near Beaver Meadows Road, northeast of Bayfield. The program teaches job skills and fills a need for more firefighters.

Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

Zac Petty, right, with the U.S. Forest Service, instructs Kristen Hencke and Thomas Stephens, both members of the Southwest Conservation Corps, on how to cut a tree during firefighter training last month near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield.

Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

Kristen Hencke with Southwest Conservation Corps learns how to select trees and brush to cut as part of a firefighter training program offered last month near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield.

Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

Tools of the trade used by firefighters-in-training last month near Beaver Meadows Road northeast of Bayfield.
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