Firefighters prepare for summer wildfires

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City firefighters spent the day preparing for summer wildfires.

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters got a hands-on lesson in how to protect homes in the foothills of Salt Lake City from fire that could sweep down the mountain.

"It was very kind of Mother Nature to provide all that precipitation to allow the vegetation to grow as thick as it could, and now with the looks of the weather patterns things will be drying out now and we'll be very vulnerable," said Salt Lake City Fire Marshal Martha Ellis.

Monday, fire crews practiced fighting flames with fewer fire trucks, which could run short in the outlying areas of the city.

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