K-State Research and Extension News
September 13, 2012
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Kansas Foresters’ Skill, Expertise Recognized

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas may not be the first state one thinks of when it comes to trees, but its foresters are recruited to fight fires in other states during the summer months.

“The Kansas Forest Service has a lot of expertise in its staff,” said KFS fire training specialist, Rodney Redinger. “We have traveled and seen many different tactics and methods to fight fire. I love that we can then take that expertise and use it to help out Kansas or other states.”

Redinger served as a type 3 incident commander of the Enclosure fire near Ketchum, Idaho, for five days in mid-August. The fire’s proximity to housing districts gave it a high priority status for two days while Redinger was in command.

“There was no road access,” he said. “The closest road was four to five miles away, so we had to fly in all our firefighters and supplies.”

Redinger has been fighting fires for 15 years and served on the KFS staff since 2003. He is one of seven other fire management staff and district foresters to be deployed to fires in other states this year.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Bethany Sanderson
K-State Research & Extension News

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