BOONE — Around 45 paid and volunteer firefighters from the Boone Fire Department took part in a live burn training exercise on Monday, July 8, on the town of Boone-owned Bolick property at 2239 U.S. 421.

The focus of the exercise, according to Boone Fire Battalion Chief Lonnie Propst, was to instruct firefighters on how to effectively combat structure fires from the outside of a building.

The exercise started with smaller fires in the upper corner of the building, then was gradually expanded to include the entire second floor, then the entire building.

The live burn was the first the department has held since May 2017, Propst said.

Temperatures exceeded 1,200 degrees at certain points, according to thermal imaging of the fire.

With a mix of paid staff and volunteers, Propst said training exercises such as this were important so firefighters could learn to effectively work together through communication and teaching techniques without using too much water.

A second training exercise will be held on the Bolick property on Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. That exercise, Propst said, will involve firefighters going into a structure to fight a fire.

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