ELKO FIELD OFFICE 2008-26
Date: May 2, 2008
CONTACT: Dylan Rader, (775) 753-0200
Agencies call for landowner training, shared equipment
for safe fire fighting season
Elko, Nev.—As fire season approaches, federal and state agencies are asking landowners and permittees to work with local BLM, Forest Service or Nevada Division of Forestry offices to make sure fire fighting efforts are as safe as possible. The first step for landowners and permittees is to protect their land and structures from wildfire threats with defensible space. Additionally, landowners who have equipment that can be used during wildland fire need to get their equipment inspected and certified, and take basic fire fighting training where it is offered by the Nevada Division of Forestry.
“Firefighter safety is our number one priority,” said BLM Elko District Manager Ken Miller. “Fighting wildfires without the proper training and equipment can be lethal.”
Miller encourages landowners and permittees to join local volunteer fire departments.
“The fire departments need volunteers,” said Miller. “Fire fighting is a cooperative effort and by working together we can better protect everyone’s homes, pastures and public lands.”
When wildland firefighters are fighting a fire, all personnel and equipment work as a cohesive force. An important component on a fire fighting team is specialists who work to minimize damage to cultural sites, critical wildlife habitat and other resources.
According to Miller, the past two fire seasons burned 1.6 million acres in Elko County.
“Participation and collaboration with a greater suppression team allows us to do a better job protecting public and private resources.” said Miller.
For more information about the BLM Elko fire program, call Dylan Rader at (775) 753-0200 or the Nevada Division of Forestry Regional Headquarters in Elko at (775) 738-3454.