As mentioned before, I have worked for the Elko BLM as an Engine Module Leader since June 2001. The Elko Field Office’s fire suppression organization currently employs approximately 70 employees, and consists of four stations (Elko, Carlin, Wells, and Midas), ten 4x4 heavy engines, one water tender, three Fire Operations Supervisors, an Interagency Hotshot crew, and a type 3 helicopter with Helitack Crew. In addition to these suppression resources, the Elko Interagency Dispatch Center handles all-risk dispatch duties for five agencies, and an aggressive fuels management program is developing.
The Elko district is considered to be one of the highest fire load Field Offices within the BLM. The District averages 100 fires per season for approximately 40,000 acres, with an average season of June 1- September 15. However, the district has experienced several extreme seasons in a row, averaging 300 fires and 1,000,000 acres burned during the 1999-2001 fire seasons. To find out more about the Elko BLM Fire Program, check out our official web page.
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