Entry-level rangers and technicians with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and U.S. Forest Service went through extensive training this week.
In addition to digging hand lines to control wildfires, the group learned about fire weather, fire behavior, and other safety measures. This training is a requirement every two years.
"We're just trying to prepare these guys with their basic training needs to battle wildfires, because I know we've had a busy spring," said Ed Brown. "And it looks like we're going to have a busy summer battling wildfires. Not here in Mississippi but we may be helping the states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama with this dry weather condition."
This group had rangers from Clarke, Kemper, Scott, Wayne and Jones counties.