Wildland fire training takes place in Four Corners

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FARMINGTON N.M.- To the average person a patch of burned grass may not seem like much but to a wildland fire investigator, it’s the small details that can lead to a big picture when it comes to wildfires.

“It’s on the small scale. Some of it is just how the grass falls, some of it is these big routes– if they’re burned at an angle, the fire was probably burning this way," said Tony Herrera, captain of San Juan Fire and Rescue.

On Thursday, some folks from San Juan County Fire and Rescue and other fire departments took part in a training to learn how to investigate the origin and cause of wildfires.

A lot of the time, wildfires are caused by people. And there are several things that can ignite a spark. With persistent drought conditions, fire officials anticipate a busy wildfire season.