Release Number: BMFO 2004-31
For Release: July 30, 2004
AIR ATTACK BASE OPEN HOUSE AND SMOKEY’S 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service are inviting the public to an open house at the Battle Mountain Air Attack Base (AAB) located at the Battle Mountain Airport. The event is being held to acquaint the public with BLM fire operations as well as to celebrate Smokey the Bear’s 60th birthday.
The festivities will take place on Sunday, August 8, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. BLM and Forest Service staff, including fire crews and base personnel will be available to explain equipment and answer questions. A formal base tour will be provided at 2:30 p.m. to acquaint visitors with operations. Light refreshments will be served.
Depending on unexpected fire emergencies, aircraft may be available for viewing. Currently, there is a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker), a Cessna 210 used for reconnaissance and a 206L3 Helicopter. Smoke jumpers and their aircraft have been positioned at the AAB and recently left on a mission. They may or may not be on site the day of the open house.
Smokey Bear has been working for over 60 years to remind Americans of the importance of outdoor fire safety and wildfire prevention. Devastating wildfires continue to destroy public and private property, making Smokey Bear's wildfire prevention message just as vital today. Smokey looks forward to celebrating his birthday with AAB visitors. Two free drawings for Smokey souvenirs will be held: one at 2:00 p.m. and another at 4:00 p.m. (you do not have to be present to win).
The Air Attack Base is located east of Battle Mountain, south of I-80 on Airport Road. Signage will be in place along local roadways. For directions or further information, please contact Jennifer Myslivy, Fire Education Specialist, or Diane Hendry, Public Affairs Specialist, at the Battle Mountain Field Office at (775) 635-4000.
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