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Local bootcamp brings diversity in wildland firefighting

An instructor leads a group of five students in a fire suppression exercise during hands-on training on the field. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

JUNTURA – Women in wildland firefighting are pushing for diversity and inclusion in a field dominated by men.

In groups of five, 25 women clad in flame-resistant yellow shirts, green pants, hardhats and blue backpacks recently worked diligently with their Pulaskis and shovels during a fire suppression exercise in the high desert, the sage and Western junipers peppered with ponderosa.

They were on their second weekend . . .