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Regional Intermountain Newsletter Special Issue 

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May 29, 2019

Preventing Wildfires is Everyone's Responsibility

Keep your community safe by maintaining awareness of fire danger levels and current fire restrictions in your area. Nationally, nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused. Among the causes are debris burning, shooting, welding, fireworks, campfires, equipment use and maintenance and various other factors. Human-caused fires are often in close proximity to roadways, communities and recreational areas, which enhance the threat to public and  firefighter safety.

Spring conditions are prime time for homeowners to conduct clean up and clear space around their homes. Debris burning helps reduce vegetation, however, it is very important to follow How-To guidelines for safe burning.

When burning debris know the weather conditions prior to, during and after you plan to burn. Check local regulations and secure a permit if necessary. Talk with your local fire authorities. Always have a water source nearby, a hose is a good option. Burn only what is allowed by your local ordinances.

Look up and around. Make sure that you are not burning near power lines, buildings, overhanging limbs and equipment. Check vertical clearance and ensure clearance three times the height of the burn pile. Make sure you have 10 feet of bare soil or gravel around your pile and keep surrounding fuels wet while burning.

Keep piles small and manageable, adding material as the fire burns down. Always stay with the fire until it is completely out. Drown the fire with plenty of water and stir the ashes with a shovel, repeating the process until the heat is gone and it is cool to touch. Continue to check the fire for up to a week especially if conditions are dry, hot and windy. Please follow these tips and keep your community and yourself safe.

National Rappel Training in Salmon, Idaho

National Rappel Academy

Rappellers are wildland firefighters trained and prepared to operate in all the roles of helibase operations and as aerially delivered firefighters.  During the week of May 13 through May 18 there were 95 veteran rappellers from all over the nation, along with 11 additional support staff and four helicopters with flight crews in Salmon, Idaho.  The training took place at the Salmon Air Base and Haynes Creek.  Salmon Air Base also hosted Spotter Emersion training during the week of May 20 through May 24.  Eight personnel participated in this training preparing themselves for becoming a qualified rappel spotter to deploy rappellers and cargo safely to the ground.

Starting June 3 through June 10 or until complete, there will be 70 rookie rappellers, along with 34 additional support staff and five helicopters and flight crews.  The training will once again take place at the Salmon Air Base and Haynes Creek.  All rookie rappellers from around the country come to Salmon, as the Salmon-Challis National Forest hosts this intensive, performance based training each year. 

The purpose of the training is to provide annual quality training for rappellers and spotters in accordance with the National Rappel Operations Guide; to strengthen leadership, teamwork, and communications within the rappel community and to produce quality aerial delivered firefighters for use in fire and aviation operations.  The U.S. Forest Service National Helicopter Rappel Program’s primary mission is initial attack.  Rappel crews may be utilized for large fire support, all hazard incident operations and resource management objectives. 

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Intermountain Region Wildfire Activity Map

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Fire activity across the Nation and the Intermountain Region.

Great Basin Smoke Dispersion Briefing

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Great Basin Fire Daily Outlook and Fire Potential Outlook for May-August 2019

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Please check in daily for the most current fire potential briefing for the Intermountain Region.

Fire Potential Outlook for May and June 2019

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Visit National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for May, June, July and August 2019 for more detailed information for the predictive services extended forecast.

Issued: May 1, 2019


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