National Guard Preparing Troops to Help Fight Wildfires

The National Guard has sent 250 soldiers from around the state to train in techniques of fighting wildfires.

The soldiers have spent two days in the classroom and spent today for the first time practicing in the field. The training will wrap up tomorrow.

There are three seperate stations that groups would rotate between. The stations taught the soldiers the basics of using a water pump, how to dig a fire line and "last ditch effort" training for when the fire comes too close.

There is no set time for when the soldiers will assist with the state's ongoing wildfires.