Fire and Aviation Program
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for fire management on 12.2 million acres of public lands across Arizona. The agency’s professional fire management staff provides wildland firefighting for protection of natural resources, as well as using fire as a to improve the health of the land. Naturally ignited wildand fire are utilized, as appropriate, to accomplish resource and healthy lands objectives for specific areas, as identified in Land Management Plans.
In fire and aviation management, the number one priority for BLM Arizona is firefighter and public safety. As a cooperator with other federal, state and local agencies and firefighting departments, the BLM assists its partners in wildland firefighting and all-hazard incidents such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.
BLM Arizona's fire program is comprised of the following major components:
- Wildland Fire Operations
- Fuels Management
- Fire Mitigation, Prevention & Community Assistance
- Fire Investigation & Trespass
Each of district, supported by fire and aviation management program staff at the state office, has staff responsible for each fire program component.
- Arizona Strip District Fire Zone
- Arizona Strip and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
- Colorado River District Fire Zone
- Kingman, Lake Havasu and Yuma
- Phoenix District Fire Zone
- Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran
- Gila District Fire Zone
Each District Fire Zone is supported by an Interagency Dispatch Center, Airtanker base as well as other established aviation facilities. There Arizona program supports 2 helitack modules; Weaver Mountain, based in the Phoenix District, and Moki, on the Arizona Strip District. Single Engine Airtankers are supported by a year-round base in Safford, AZ hosted by the Gila District and a seasonal base in Kingman, hosted by the Colorado River District.