Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Forest Fire News

Michelle Erdie is the Sawtooth National Forest North Zone Fire Prevention & Education Specialist.

By Michelle Erdie

Forest Fire News is back! July is upon us, the rains have diminished, and our local Forest Service fire crews are prepared for the 2009 wildfire season.

Fire management has become more complex, with more acres burning each year, more homes being built in fire-prone areas and changing fire policies.

Stay tuned each week to learn about our local wildfire situation and the operations of our Sawtooth Fire Management Organization as we dive deeper into the 2009 wildfire season. We will share with you the challenges that fire and forest managers face, which include planned prescribed fires, wildfire use fires that may occur in remote areas, and the possible dreadful wildland-urban interface fire. Each fire is different and not all fires are managed the same way.

In addition, we will keep you informed of what events our 10-person heli-rappel crew is engaged in with their contracted helicopter, a Eurocopter A-Star 350 B-2, and what fires our Sawtooth National Forest engine crews are attacking.

Happy 4th of July. Remember fireworks are not allowed on National Forests.

To report a wildfire, call 1-800-974-2373.

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