BLM announces new state fire management officer

SALT LAKE CITY—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pleased to announce the selection of Chris Delaney as the new State Fire Management Officer for BLM Utah. Delaney has previously served as Deputy State Fire Management Officer since 2012.  

Delaney started his firefighting career in 1995, working for a municipal fire department before transitioning to the BLM in 1997. In his career with the BLM, he has worked in multiple states, on numerous resource types (Engine, Hotshots, Helitack), and at all levels of the BLM Fire organization throughout his career. 

“Chris brings over 25 years of fire experience to the position, and he has demonstrated leadership and a dedication for fire prevention and firefighter safety with BLM Utah for nearly 10 years,” said BLM Utah State Director Greg Sheehan. “Public lands are critical to our communities and our nation, and Chris is the right person to lead the state’s fire management program.” 

Delaney was born and raised in Salt Lake City and is a fourth-generation Utahan, splitting time between his family’s dairy farm in Murtaugh, Idaho, and their house in Salt Lake City. When not at work, Delaney travels the United States, coaching youth hockey teams, and spends time with his family. Delaney also routinely participates in teaching Leadership and Incident Command classes in the Great Basin and other locations throughout the Western United States. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences and continuing to learn as a lifelong student of fire.  

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Lisa L. McNee