U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 04/26/12|
Global Wildfire Awareness Week – April 29th – May 5th (04-26-12)
Montrose, Colo. – Current local fuel and weather conditions indicate the potential for significant wildfire activity. Already this year, the National Weather Service has issued multiple Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings for much of western Colorado and the state as a whole. Wildfires throughout the state have impacted numerous communities and kept firefighters busy prior to what has typically been the start of wildfire season. As we move into fire season, experts predict that we will continue to see above normal significant fire potential through the early part of the summer.
In an effort to address wildfire awareness around the globe, the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) has proclaimed the first week of May as “Global Wildfire Awareness Week” across the Northern Hemisphere. IAWF President, Chuck Bushey, shared that the theme for May is ‘Your Home … Your Responsibility.’ Mr. Bushey went on to say, “Each year, more people around the world in the wildland-urban interface zone are affected by wildfire. Each year, people have to decide how to best protect their homes from fire or evacuate as early as possible if a wildfire does occur.” For more information about Global Wildfire Awareness Week, visit: http://www.wildfireworld.org/.
Residents living in the wildland urban interface – those areas where the natural environment and development meet – are encouraged to take personal responsibility by implementing Firewise principles to reduce the risk of wildfire to their life and property.
Also, as people begin to recreate in the outdoors this year, they are reminded to be cautious with all flammable materials. Unattended campfires - a frequent cause of wildfires - can easily be extinguished by following a few simple steps:
• Allow wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
Wildfire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please do your part. For more information about reducing the risk of wildfire around your home, visit www.firewise.org. For more information about wildfire safety, visit http://www.smokeybear.com/wildfires.asp.
For information on wildfires and restrictions in the area, call the MIFMU Fire Information line (970.240.1070), visit the MIFMU website (http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2mtc/), or follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/MIFMU).
The Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit covers the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest (USFS), the Gunnison Field Office (BLM), the Uncompahgre Field Office (BLM), Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (NPS), Curecanti National Recreation Area (NPS), and public lands in the counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 04-27-2012|
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