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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Elko District Office
 
Release Date: 05/20/14
Contacts: 775-753-0386    
News Release No. ELKO 2014-034

Northeastern Nevada Interagency Fire Management Organization Partners with Great Basin College to offer Wildland Fire Science Academy


ELKO, Nev. – The Northeast Nevada Interagency Fire Management Program and Great Basin College will offer the Wildland Fire Science Academy in Elko, NV from May 27 – June 1.
                                                 
This academy will provide 100-300 level National Wildland Fire Coordination Group (NWFC) certified training to any interested and qualified wildland firefighter. For more information about the academy, including how to register for courses, please visit their website by clicking the link http://www.gbcnv.edu/firescience/. BLM equipment, supplies and employees will be used for this training.
 
“Training for wildland fire is a continuous and career long process in order to ensure our organizations are prepared for all types and complexities of wildland fire incidents.,” said Dylan Rader, BLM Elko Assistant Fire Manager. “Along with our great cooperative working relationships, we also have a very active training program that encourages participation from all cooperating agencies and departments.”

The Northeastern Nevada Interagency Fire Management organization is responsible for all wildland fire management for the Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District, Eastern Nevada Agency (ENA) of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. 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 completes 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 due to high fire occurrence frequency and fuel types. The Elko District fire season typically runs June 1-September 15 and averages over 150 fires per season and 100,000 total acres burned.


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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 05-21-2014