Weather permitting, firefighters will light a brush fire in the Camdenton City Park on Saturday to gain practical training in putting the flames out.


Weather permitting, firefighters will light a brush fire in the Camdenton City Park on Saturday to gain practical training in putting the flames out.

“They’ll go in and put in fire lines, read winds, things they’ll need to know when they‘re out there,” Mid-County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Frandsen said.

The training is the final part of a certification class on brush fires. The firefighters have already completed the classroom portion of the class. On Saturday, the firefighters will experience a brush fire in a controlled setting where they have the opportunity to learn.

Frandsen warned that if it’s too wet or too windy, or anything outside the district’s normal parameters for a control burn, the training will be postponed to a later date.

Right now, there’s rain in the forecast for Saturday. If the forecast changes, the training will begin around 10 a.m. on Saturday and last until around 2 p.m. Residents are asked to stay away from the Camdenton City Park while the training is being conducted.

Heading into spring, Frandsen said the training is put to good use. Crews have already responded to a number of calls for brush fires, as well as assisting other agencies on other, larger brush fires.

Contact Deanna Wheeler at deanna.wheeler@lakesunonline.com.