Firefighters train for upcoming southern Colorado wildfire season

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The Colorado Springs Fire Department hosted their annual “Spring Drill” training event up in Upper Skyway, an area that often falls vulnerable to wildfires. 

“If we can be familiar with the areas and we have a small fire that starts, we can get in and put it out quickly,” said Lt. Joey Buttenwieser with Colorado Springs Fire Department. 

The training helps crews refresh on their wildland firefighting skills. All stations from throughout the city are required to go through this training process. 

“Our crews are able to train to get in and extinguish them before they become a larger concern,” Buttenwieser said. 

CSFD also wants to remind the public to prepare their homes for the wildfire season ahead. Even with a wet winter, there is always a risk of fire danger.

“Cleaning up needles and leaves in the gutters and on the roof,” said Ashley Whitworth with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. “It is going to make their house more defendable if there was a fire here.”

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