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Yakima firefighters hold wildfire training

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Wapato, WASH.--Firefighters in Yakima County District 5 were training hard Saturday morning to handle what is already shaping up to be a large wildfire season.

Volunteer firefighters practiced stretching out hoses in order to reach long distances, putting out real fires and digging lines to prevent wild fires from spreading even further.

Dave Martin, the Captain of Fire District 5 said the lines work to get rid of fuels on the ground. After volunteers finished digging they watched exactly how the ditches would affect a fire.

The firefighters are preparing for a busy holiday as well as a hot and dry summer.

"We're very busy in the summertime," said Martin.  "There's a lot of things with the Fourth of July coming up. Unfortunately, there's a lot of fireworks that start fires so we're just getting ready for that."

Martin said Washington state is seeing dry conditions and fires are happening on a daily basis. Also, bigger wildfires are occurring earlier this year than they have in the past several years.

The prevalence of fires in the area can be attributed to the long growing season. Martin also mentioned that the lack of fires last year have increased fuels and made them heavier.