The Commissioner of Public Lands is expecting another big fire season ahead of us. With that said, it's good to know hundreds of firefighters are training for wildfires already.
More than 400 firefighters are participating in the 10-day training Central Washington Inter-agency Fire Training Academy offers. Today's exercises had one group of firefighters putting out a wildfire, and another group in helicopter training.
36 fire districts and agencies are involved with the training because this gives first-time firefighters an idea of what it's going to be like during an actual fire. This was actually the first time 47 firefighters fought a fire for the first time, and one of them told us how they felt going in.