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Safety and Education

Fire Education and Mitigation Specialists

Five Education and Mitigation Specialists within BLM Colorado assist in partnerships, education, mitigation, and outreach. The BLM’s Mitigation and Education Specialists responsibilities are to:

• Organize and facilitate public meetings in cooperation with other organizations.
• Work with schools to incorporate fire education into science and other classes.
• Prepare educational materials and web sites for public use.
• Coordinate fire education efforts with other organizations and agencies.
• Prepare and conduct public meetings on proposed fuels reduction projects in and around communities.
• Manage fire prevention programs.
• Provide fire information on prescribed burns.

BLM Colorado trains American Red Cross (ARC) and rural fire department volunteers to work with communities and rural landowners in wildfire disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation methods. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), and BLM provide financial, logistical, and technical support to the ARC.

BLM Colorado provides financial and technical assistance to the CSFS coordinator who develops training materials, training programs and collaborative projects between the ARC and other agencies.  The coordinator also oversees a pilot project in which the ARC provides the “arms and legs” to local fire departments, sheriffs, and the CSFS to deliver wildfire preparedness and hazard mitigation education to communities-at-risk.  The pilot project resulted in a National Memorandum of Understanding among the ARC, the Department of Interior, the USFS, the National Association of State Foresters, and the National Fire Protection Association to collaborate in community-based preparedness and mitigation education.

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Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit Success Stories

Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit Success Stories


Fire, dry mop

Fire line work


New Learn Before you Burn PSAs

The Rocky Mountain Information/Education Committee, under Rocky Mountain Coordination Group, is responsible for the 'Learn Before You Burn' debris burning campaign.  It is one of the leading human-caused wildfire ignition sources common to all five states within Region 2 (SD, WY, NE, KA, CO). 

Learn Before you Burn (15 sec)

Learn Before you Burn (30 sec)

Learn Before you Burn (60 sec)

Committee members include representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division,  Wyoming State Forest Service, Kansas State Forest Service, Nebraska State Forest Service, and Rural Fire Protection Districts.

These PSAs are available for any entity to use.  Colorado BLM and USFS provided funding to develop the radio PSAs.  Garceworks Production Company was contracted for production.


Restrictions

FEDERAL:

The Rocky Mountain Area Fire & Aviation Management lists US Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and US Fish and Wildlife Service fire restrictions.

STATE/COUNTY:

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management lists counties with fire restrictions. Or you may contact the county directly for information on their restrictions. The County Sheriff's office is your best source for local fire restriction information. OEM also compiles a list of Wildfire Situation Reports. The Colorado State Forest Service also supplies large fire status and other information.

 

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