SPARKS, NV - It gave every appearance of a real fire out in Spanish Springs.
Water trucks, brush trucks, crews, incident commanders and even an air tanker.
But it is only practice for these fire crews from Sparks, Truckee Meadows and the BLM.
“So the main purpose behind this the area we are sitting in right here, this is actual BLM land, right down the road is city of Sparks and not too far that way is Truckee Meadows. So we picked this spot for all three jurisdictions to come and work together,” Chris Jones from Sparks Fire Department.
While crews work water lines up on mountain tops, down below different incident commanders will take over from time to time, checking in on fire crews and calling for additional back up.
RAVEN typically used in search and rescue efforts, was on hand to show how verse it can be in fire suppression efforts.
It took several passes on the imaginary fire and made water drops where crews said they needed them.
Honing skills also enhances confidence which helps in the bigger picture of fire fighting.
“This is a very high risk job so make sure they are comfortable with that makes them safe,” says Alex Kukulus, Truckee Meadows Battalion Chief.
In the last three days about 150 firefighters from Sparks, BLM and Truckee Meadows worked on their firefighting skills.
It couldn't of happened at a better time as temperatures this weekend are expected to hit 100.