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Colorado wildfire team heads to Alaska

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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -

A team of wildland firefighters is headed to the rugged terrain of Alaska this year because of their reputation as some of the best in the West.
    
A Bureau of Land Management officials says the annual trip to Alaska began a decade ago after word spread about the ability of the Colorado firefighters to cut firebreaks, deal with wild animals and cope with rapidly changing conditions.
    
The Durango Herald reports (http://tinyurl.com/zvk7pdj ) firefighters being sent to Alaska have to prove they can carry 90 pounds of gear up a mountain and run 10 miles before they can be recommended by their supervisors to join the Alaska Fire Service smokejumper and hot-shot crews.

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