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High Desert District Office
Release Date: 04/06/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM High Desert District Welcomes New Assistant Fire Management Officer

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pleased to announce that Michael Spilde has joined the High Desert District (HDD) as its new assistant fire management officer (AFMO) for operations.

Assistant Fire Management Officer Michael Spilde.
Assistant FMO Michael Spilde.
HDD Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler comments, “Spilde brings a lot of experience gained from two regions. He has been committed to a Type 2 team in Region 4 for last the two years and this experience gives the HDD an employee who has a true fire-based background.”

Hailing from Lander, Wyo., Spilde began his fire career in the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF) as a seasonal member of a Type 6 engine, then worked his way up to assistant engine captain and captain. He worked in the MBNF for 10 years before accepting an engine captain position in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWCNF). In 2009, he detailed into the assistant fire management officer position in the UWCNF, where he remained until moving to Rock Springs, Wyo. in early 2011. Spilde states, "My goal in the HDD is to help build a fire management program that is efficient, highly effective and safe for all individuals involved."

Spilde is a 1996 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in geography. He and his wife, Bianca, a native of Rawlins, Wyo., and their two children enjoy skiing, trips to the lake, and the great outdoors. Coincidentally, the Spildes met on a fire near Rock Springs many years ago.

The mission of the BLM Wyoming Fire and Aviation Program is to provide leadership for the interagency protection of life, property, and natural resources to sustain ecosystems. The BLM achieves this through safe, professional and dynamic implementation of BLM fire programs by motivated individuals.For more information on the BLM Wyoming fire, fuels and aviation program, please go to

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.

High Desert District Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-06-2011