Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com

Firefighters head out to clear brush during a training exercise near Jackson, Calif. on Thursday, April 25, 2013. 24 seasonal firefighters - working together as hand crews - took part in the exercise to brush up on their wildland firefighting skills. Fire season is getting an early start this year, due to dry weather and high winds. As a result, Cal Fire is speeding up its preparation, hiring seasonal firefighters and doing training earlier than usual.

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