BLM Arizona offices' flags to fly at half-staff to honor firefighting personnel Jeff Piechura And Matthew Miller

By order of BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo and effective immediately until sunset Wednesday, July 14, 2021, flags at BLM facilities in the State of Arizona are to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Matthew Miller and Jeff Piechura. Matthew and Jeff lost their lives on Saturday, July 10, 2021, while conducting visual reconnaissance and aviation command and control over the Cedar Basin Fire in Mohave County. We honor and salute their service and sacrifice to protect lives, communities, and natural resources. 

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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Dolores Garcia, Public Affairs Specialist