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Wildland Fire Training

About 110 young outdoors enthusiasts descended upon Camp Ripley this week for the first statewide Conservation Corps Minnesota Academy wildland fire training. Camp Ripley, a state of Minnesota National Guard training facility near Little Falls, played host for the training, which serves as a conduit toward future work in the natural resources field. Pete Leschak, a fire technician with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forestry division, has served as an instructor for CCM fire training for decades. Typically, the CCM fire training is done over the course of a year, Leschak said. This time, the organizers decided it would be more efficient to do it all at once at the same location, hence the weeklong training at Camp Ripley.