More than 800 wildland firefighters and disaster managers are in southern Colorado for a week of training and skill building to better equip them to respond to fires and other disasters.
It's part of the 22nd Colorado Wildland Fire and Incident Management Academy. This year classes are being held at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
The training includes field work and hands-on exercises as well as time in the classroom.
In a newsletter from the university, academy incident commander Jim Krugman said they want to use the lessons learned during fires and floods in recent years to help build the skill sets of Colorado's first responders.
Training will take place all week.