Nevada class prepares participants to investigate wildfires
Posted: 11:45 AM, Nov 11, 2018
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<p>A firefighter monitors a back fire while battling the Mendocino Complex fire on August 7, 2018 near Lodoga, California. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of the River Fire and Ranch Fire, has surpassed the Thomas Fire to become the largest wilfire in California state history with over 280,000 acres charred and at least 75 homes destroyed. </p>
A hands-on class offered in northern Nevada teaches participants how to investigate causes of wildfires.
Nearly 350 people have taken the course since 2002, learning to spot clues left by the fire, interview witnesses and suspects and collect evidence.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the class allows land management agencies to get more people qualified to investigate wildfires using a method that produces evidence and other information that can withstand scrutiny in all jurisdictions.
Instructors used various methods to start several fires during a recent training session in Minden and then had the students investigate them.
Daniel Cruz is a law enforcement officer for the Eldorado National Forest and a class trainer. He says it is one thing to look at a photograph and another to see an actual fire.
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