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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:19 am, Fri Jul 13, 2012.

Flames erupted in a field just north of Liberty Road early Thursday morning as firefighters trained in the already sweltering summer sun.

The Cosumnes Community Service District Fire Department, along with one truck from the Woodbridge Fire District, have been training all week in a field along Liberty Road, just east of Lower Sacramento Road, to learn how to properly extinguish fires, according to Cosumnes Fire Capt. Brian Brown.

Using a driptorch, firefighters lit the field’s grass and let it burn before using their hoses and lots of water to properly put out the blaze.

A driptorch is a tool used in wildfire suppression, controlled burning, and other forestry applications to intentionally ignite fires.

The driptorch is made up of a canister for holding fuel with a handle attached to the side, a spout with a small loop to prevent fire from entering the fuel canister, a valve to allow air into the canister while fuel is leaving through the spout and a wick from which flaming fuel is dropped to the ground.

The wick is ignited and allows the fire to be directed as needed.

Though the firefighters were hoping to train again tomorrow, due to heavy smoke in the air from other wildland fires north of Galt, it is looking like training may be cancelled, Brown said.

“We have to check each day for quality,” he said. “If conditions aren’t right, we don’t burn.”

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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