Firefighters learn art of investigation |

Firefighters learn art of investigation

Sagebrush became a classroom for firefighters learning to seek clues in investigation training on Tuesday.
Terry Taylor/Special to The R-C

This week, 25 firefighters combed charred sagebrush around Minden-Tahoe Airport learning how to glean a wildfire’s cause.

When they complete their training, they will join more than 300 students who have been trained in the systematic approach to wildland arson detection, according to instructor and fire investigator Terry Taylor.

The wildland fire investigation training is sponsored by the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, the U.S. Forest Service, with the East Fork Fire Protection District, the Carson City Fire Department, and the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection in Minden.

“Students are being trained to determine the origin and cause of wildland fires,” Taylor said. “The training emphasizes the use of the scientific method to analyze where and how the fire ignited.”

Taylor said the course include live fire scenarios.

The students come from local fire agencies as well as the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and ATF.

The class is made possible by all of the entities sharing resources and personnel, under the Sierra Front inter Agency agreement, Taylor said.