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Wildfire Training Academy Beings This Weekend at WVU


More than 190 firefighters from several states will attend a wildfire training academy at West Virginia University.

The event is set for Saturday through June 12. It offers 10 classes essential to wildland firefighting, including fire behavior, equipment use and leadership development.

The academy is a project of the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

Seven states make up the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Organizers say more than half of those attending the academy are from those states.