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Release Date: 08/12/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 or  
News Release No. NC-12-84

BLM Veterans Crew Fights Wildland Fire on BLM Land

The California-based Folsom Lake Hand Crew has been fighting the Lost Fire on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) system land in Nevada this week.  The crew is one of three all-veteran wildland firefighting crews sponsored by the BLM this year. 

The crews, in addition to being national firefighting resources, provide United States military veterans returning from recent conflicts with an opportunity for employment and training in wildland fire suppression and fuels management.

The Folsom Lake Hand Crew joined other federal, state and local firefighters in the successful suppression of the Lost Fire.  Lightning ignited the Lost Fire on August 5 approximately 20 miles southeast of Cedarville, CA.  The fire was then pushed by strong winds through unseasonably dry rangeland growing to 61,273 acres.  The fire is currently 95% contained and firefighters, including the Folsom Lake Hand Crew, are working to completely secure the perimeter where heat remains, and rehabilitate firelines in secured areas of the fire.

The BLM expects to begin a second round of hiring for veterans for next year’s crew soon. People interested in applying should check back with the USA Jobs website at
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Last updated: 08-20-2012