The Elko District encompasses 12.5 million acres, and has primary wildland fire suppression responsibility for 7.5 million acres of public lands. Assistance is also provided to cooperating agencies such as the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and numerous county, tribal and municipal governments. Within its borders lie three ranger districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, including the Ruby Mountain Wilderness and Jarbidge Wilderness areas as well as the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The BLM administers 10 Wilderness Study Areas for a total of over 272,000 acres.
The Elko District Office’s fire suppression organization employs over 70 Permanent / Career Seasonal / and Temporary Seasonal employees. Initial attack fire suppression resources consist of four stations (Elko, Carlin, Wells, and Midas), ten 4x4 heavy engines, three Fire Operations Supervisors, Interagency Hotshot Crew, Exclusive Use Air Attack Platform, and Exclusive Use Type 3 Helicopter with Helitack Crew. In addition to these suppression resources, the Elko Interagency Dispatch Center handles all-risk dispatch duties for five agencies, and an aggressive fuels management program implements hazard fuels reduction projects for resource benefit each year. The interagency fire organization also completes numerous Prevention / Education / Mitigation outreach activities annually within our local communities.
The Northeastern Nevada Interagency Fire Management organization is responsible for all wildland fire management for the Elko District Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Nevada Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the United States Forest Service's Ruby Mountain / Jarbidge / Mountain City Ranger Districts through an Interagency and Service First Agreement. The ENA program supports several Type 2 Handcrews and Camp Crews, and also includes completion of vegetation management projects on Tribal Trust lands. The Mountain City Ranger District also stations an engine crew in Elko for initial attack and aggressively pursues multiple hazardous fuels reduction projects annually. The Elko District is considered one of the busiest offices within the BLM for initial attack opportunites due to our high fire occurrence frequency and fuel types. Elko District averages over 150 fires per season for approximately 100,000 acres, with an average season of June 1- September 15. However, Elko District has experienced several extreme seasons in past years.