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Fire Planning

Resource Management Plans

We base all fire management decisions on Resource Management Plans (RMPs). All field offices in New Mexico have RMPs which provide management direction for all BLM resources.

RMPA for Fire and Fuels

In 2004, a statewide Resource Management Plan Amendment for fire and fuels was completed. This amendment covered all RMPs in New Mexico and Texas. The purpose of this amendment was to improve BLM’s implementation of the National Fire Plan and the 2001 Federal Fire Policy, and to update direction for fire and fuels management.

Fire Management Plans

Fire Management Plans are supplements to the RMPs, and are more detailed, site-specific plans. Fire Management Plans establish fire and fuels objectives and implementation strategies, and serve as a reference for on-the-ground decisions in fire and fuels management. Each district or field office has an approved Fire Management Plan. These plans are reviewed annually, and updated as needed.

Fire Management Plans identify the fire organization needed to accomplish the objectives outlined in the plan. A statewide Organization Chart has been developed which shows all positions approved in the Fire Management Plans. Positions are filled in the Fire Management program according to this Organization Chart, subject to funding and other constraints.

BLM continually monitors its success in implementing the Fire Management Plans.  As a part of this process, two reports are prepared annually. In mid-winter, a “Planned Resources” table is developed by each office, which outlines the organization that the office intends to staff for the current fiscal year, based on anticipated budgets, workloads, and hiring limitations. In the fall, an “Implemented Resources” table is submitted which summarizes the organization that was actually in place during the year.

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