Tim Dunfee provides guidance and oversight to the Palm Springs-South Coast fire zone that encompasses two million acres of BLM public lands in five southern California counties. He supervises two engine captains, two fire prevention and mitigation specialists and a fuels specialist.
Tim started as a junior volunteer firefighter at the age of 14 in Cadiz, Ohio. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the US Air Force and continued his volunteer work while stationed in Dover, Delaware and at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. After four years of active duty, Tim left the Air Force with skills operating heavy equipment and went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He was a fire engine operator at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Gary, Indiana; fire dozer operator at Osceola National Forest in Olustee, Florida; fire dozer operator at Apalachicola National Forest in Tallahassee, Florida; and district fire management officer at Shawnee National Forest in Vienna, Illinois. He came to BLM in April 2006.
Tim enjoys spending his off time with his family, wife Adrienne and son Ryan. His interests include buying and selling classic automobiles, traveling to exotic places around the world and trying to learn the game of golf. He says his most interesting achievement was dancing the Twist with Chubby Checker. "Come on Baby! Let's do the Twist."