Firefighters from 4 states to train in western Nebraska

Nebraska News

GERING, Neb. (AP) — As wildfires rage across the western United States, some 200 firefighters from four states will gather in western Nebraska this weekend for wildland fire training.

Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reports that the three-day Western Nebraska Engine Academy starts Saturday in the hills south of Gering.

Firefighters from 30 cities are expected to participate in the Type III incident training, with a management team of about 35 based out of Five Rocks Amphitheater.

Officials say multiple fire engines, helicopters and planes will be traveling in and around the area into Monday, with active fire exercises in the Cedar Canyon and Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Areas.

The training provides firefighters with experience needed for wildland firefighting certifications.

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