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Elko District Office
Release Date: 02/11/14
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2014-016

Cunningham selected as Superintendent for Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew

Craig CunninghamELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, and the Northeast Nevada Interagency Fire Management Team are pleased to announce the selection of Craig Cunningham as Superintendent for the Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew.

Cunningham has been a member of the crew since their inception in 2001 and has worked his way from on-call firefighter to Superintendent. Cunningham has been serving as Assistant Superintendent since 2008. During this time, he has acted as the Wells Station Fire Operations Supervisor as well as being assigned as an Incident Command trainee on Tyler Hecht's Nevada Type 3 Incident Management Team.

“Craig's work ethic, professionalism, and leadership will continue to build upon the solid foundation and reputation of the Ruby Mountain Hotshots and each of the previous Superintendents and crew members who have been a part of the crew,” said Dylan Rader, Assistant Fire Management Officer, Elko BLM. “Craig leads by example in all aspects of his position and he has mentored many firefighters along the way.”

Cunningham has been acting as Superintendent since October, but he officially entered into the position on February 9.

Cunningham was also the recipient of the BLM's National Wildland Fire Safety Award in 2012 for his development of After Action reporting and is a 2000 graduate of Elko High School. He resides in Spring Creek with his wife, Monica, and their two children.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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