Rural Fire Readiness
Cooperative partnerships between the BLM, volunteer fire departments, rural fire departments, rangeland fire protection associations, and similar organizations are crucial to safe and effective wildfire response on private, state, tribal and federal lands affecting grazing, recreational, wildlife, and other values important to local economies. Therefore, the BLM Oregon and Washington actively promotes its Rural Fire Readiness program.
The Rural Fire Readiness program is dedicated to enhancing the firefighting capabilities of our wildland firefighting partners by providing wildland fire training, equipment, including supplies and communication devices.
To participate in the BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness program cooperators are encouraged to work with their local BLM district fire management staff prior to applying. If you are unsure of your BLM office, contact Larae Guillory, Fire Operations Specialist, at 458-218-1598.
Cooperators must meet all the requirements below to be considered for BLM Rural Fire Readiness equipment transfers:
- Have an existing cooperative fire response agreement with the BLM;
- Serve a rural community or area;
- Have wildland fire protection responsibilities;
- Is in the vicinity of, or within, the wildland urban interface, or an established Rangeland Fire Protection Association;
- Be near BLM-administered lands and respond to wildland fires in support of BLM when available and as needed; and
- Provides a benefit to the BLM.
Apply for wildland firefighting vehicles, equipment, and supplies at the Rural Fire Readiness Application page.
The cut-off period for applications is March 24 each year. The PDF applications need to be turned into BLM fire management staff at the local BLM office. Applications are reviewed annually by the local districts following the close of the application period.
For additional information please contact your local BLM fire management staff:
Burns: Casey O’Connor, 541-589-0040
Coos Bay: Spencer Gregory, 541-671-1816
Lakeview: Jesse Morris, 541-219-1671
Medford: Chris Glode, 541-618-2241
Northwest Oregon: Dan Eddy, 541-207-2846
Prineville: Nate LeFevre, 541-255-6595
Roseburg: Spencer Gregory, 541-671-1816
Spokane: Lonnie Newton, 208-501-4019
Vale: Justin Fenton, 541-473-6329
Program Lead, State Office: Larae Guillory, 458-218-1598