Fire and Law Enforcement
Working with state and local partners, the BLM helps provide for fire prevention, protection and suppression programs in Oregon and Washington. Rural and volunteer fire departments have been supported through grants from the BLM that pay for basic firefighting equipment, training and fire prevention activities. The BLM provides funding for hazardous fuels reduction projects designed to improve or maintain forest or rangeland health, making the landscape more fire resilient. These projects occur on both federal and non-federal land, helping to protect BLM and adjacent lands, as well as communities and homes in and around BLM lands. A significant portion of this work (on average, more than 60 per cent of the total program) is accomplished by awarding contracts to local businesses to complete this work.
- More than $225 million in hazardous fuels reduction projects since 2001
- More than $26.1 million in National Fire Plan grants to communities between 2001 and 2011
- Almost $6.4 million in Rural Fire Assistance programs across the decade to fund rural firefighter training, prevention programs and the purchase of basic firefighting equipment in rural communities.
Law enforcement officers at the BLM in Oregon and Washington encounter virtually every conceivable category of criminal activity across 16.1 million acres of public land. Frequently concentrating on resource-related crimes and duties, the BLM's rangers and agents work in close cooperation with Federal, state, and local agencies as well as with most programs within the BLM.
In 2010, BLM law enforcement officers documented over 2,879 incidents, issued 889 citations, wrote 499 warnings, filed 22 criminal complaints with state and local district attorney offices, conducted 501 administrative or civil remedies, and effected 85 arrests. Another 595 misdemeanors and 38 felonies were charged. The total value of loss to include damage and theft was $518,004.