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Regional Intermountain Newsletter Special Issue 

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July 3, 2018

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"This is an annual opportunity to renew our commitment to the safety of wildland firefighters as we remember those who have fallen in the line of duty."

-Wildland Fire Leadership Development


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A WEEK TO REMEMBER

In 2014, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Executive Board designated June 30 to July 6 A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn. We would like to take a moment to pause and reflect on the  firefighters who lost their lives while fighting fire and recognize the brothers and sisters, the families and friends who still miss them.

June 30, 2013 the wildland fire community lost 19 of our brothers at Yarnell Hill. On July 6, 1994, we lost 14 of our brothers and sisters at the South Canyon Fire. These two horrific incidents, separated in time by 19 years, are similar to one another as events with multiple fatalities resulting from burnovers. These incidents are also similar in the shock, heartache and anguish both of these losses catalyzed in the wildland fire community.

It seems fitting that we pause together, with our fire leaders, our line officers, our new recruits and our support personnel, to mark the anniversaries of these events, and to consider what we've learned. It's time to renew our commitment to honor the fallen by redoubling our resolve to ensure that our most precious resources, our own fire people, return home to their loved ones at the end of every fire assignment.

In Prescott, Arizona, Jenn Ashcraft and her husband organized “Project Andrew." They organized their neighbors and persuaded their community to do hazardous fuels reduction work around structures to create a safe area for firefighters to work when the day comes that fire threatens their neighborhood. That is how they chose to honor their son, Andrew Ashcraft, who lost his life with the Granite Mountain crew in 2013. They took their pain and grief and used it to make a difference, to get people involved, to change things for the better, to lead with their hearts.

As we enter a week that has shown to be the deadliest week in firefighting history, facing extreme fire potential in Utah and southern Nevada, we can each ponder what we can do from where we are to lead with our hearts and heads, to make a difference, to get people involved, to change things for the better. 

We are very proud of the professional men and women doing this difficult work in ever more challenging conditions. Thanks for what you do every day and please be safe.

Remember - the best thing an old firefighter can teach a young firefighter is how to be an old firefighter.

 Stop. Think. Talk. And then Act. 


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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Click on link below for a full list of the names of the fallen firefighters

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Below Are Some Fires Managed by the Forest Service and Other Interagency Cooperators in the Great Basin.

Other fire links for states within the Intermountain Region: 


UTAH FIRES

RESTRICTIONS:   http://utahfireinfobox.com/active-fire-restriction


IDAHO FIRES


NEVADA FIRES

RESTRICTIONS:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFSR4/bulletins/1ee2ec8


WYOMING FIRES

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