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Thursday, October 3, 2019

BLM transfers wildland fire engine to Arco Volunteer Fire Department

BLM transfers wildland fire engine to Arco Volunteer Fire Department
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District transferred a surplus wildland fire engine to the Arco Volunteer Fire Department today, part of BLM’s effort to respond to rural wildland fires by giving excess equipment and supplies to local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations.
Under BLM’s new Rural Fire Readiness program, local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations that meet certain requirements may receive at no cost wildland fire engines, pumps, hose, chainsaws, hand tools and other items the BLM no longer needs.
“We appreciate the assistance of our local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in wildland firefighting in eastern Idaho,” said Joel Gosswiller, BLM Fire Management Officer at Idaho Falls District. “The Rural Fire Readiness program allows us the opportunity to augment their response to wildland fires safely and effectively.”
“We really appreciate receiving a purpose built fire engine,” said Dan Koste Arco Fire Chief. “We could not have an engine like this without the Rural Fire Readiness program. The Arco Volunteer Fire Department is proud to have this engine and will put it to good use.”
This year, eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center has responded to 85 fires that burned 138,565 acres. The BLM works closely with other federal and state agencies, local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations to respond to wildland fires. 

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Photo Attached: Transferred BLM wildland fire engine to Arco Volunteer Fire Department
Left to right: Joel Gosswiller (BLM Idaho Falls District Fire Management Officer), Carl Couture (Arco Firefighter), Kevin Conran (BLM Idaho Falls District Mitigation & Education Specialist), Sheila McCall (BLM Idaho Falls District Property Manager), Tim Williams (Arco Fire Assistant Chief), Mary D'Aversa (BLM Idaho Falls District Manager), Dan Koste (Arco Fire Chief), Kody Lindsay (Arco Fire Captain), Richard Zimmerman (BLM Idaho Falls District Assistant Fire Management Officer)


Monday, September 30, 2019

Twin Falls District Fire Management is HIRING!!




Hey dispatchers! Twin Falls District Fire Management is looking for a Dispatch Center Manager! Click the link below to apply! 


Logistics Management Specialist, Dispatch Center Manager, GS-0346-11
Announcement No: ID-Merit-2019-0081
Opens: 09/30/2019  Closes:  10/07/2019
Location:  Shoshone, Idaho
Full Performance Level:  GS-11
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.

Open to:
- All current BLM employees only with competitive eligibility.
- CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS

For more information about BLM:  BLM Careers Page





Caribou-Targhee National Forest hiring for 2020 seasonal firefighters


Caribou-Targhee National Forest hiring for 2020 seasonal firefighters
Job postings close Oct. 15

Idaho Falls, ID – The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is now hiring seasonal wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. Job applications will be accepted until Oct. 15 through www.usajobs.gov.

“Working as a wildland firefighter is a very rewarding and challenging job,” said Martell Gibbons, Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer. “We are always looking for hard-working, physically fit individuals to join our team.” This year the forest has approximately 30 seasonal positions available.

Pay starts at $12.33 with the opportunity for overtime and hazard pay. To qualify you must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have a valid driver’s license. Positions range from engine crew members to helitack crew members. Learn more about wildland fire positions on our website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ctnf/about-forest/jobs.

Duty stations are available in Montpelier, Soda Springs, Malad, Pocatello, Driggs, Swan Valley, Ashton, Island Park and Dubois. We strongly encourage those interested in applying to contact the local duty station prior to submitting their application.

Portneuf Zone (Malad and Pocatello): Dan Bartel, 208-236-7513, Daniel.bartel@usda.gov
Henry’s Fork Zone (Ashton, Island Park and Dubois): Jeff Hill, 208-652-1205, jeff.hill@usda.gov
South Fork Zone (Driggs and Swan Valley): Spencer Johnston, 208-523-1412, spencer.johnston@usda.gov
Bear River Zone (Soda Springs and Montpelier): Garth Alleman, 208-847-0375, garth.alleman@usda.gov

For more information on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/ctnf.




Looking for a new career with the BLM? Twin Falls District Fire Management program is hiring a Natural Resource Specialist.



Natural Resources Specialist, GS-0401-11
Announcement No: ID-Merit-2019-0079
Opens: 09/30/2019  Closes:  10/15/2019
Location:  Twin Falls District, Division of Fire and Aviation
Twin Falls, Shoshone, Burley, or Jarbidge, Idaho
Full Performance Level:  GS-11
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.

Open to:
- All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility.
- CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles.
Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities
- Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)
To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS

For more information about BLM:  BLM Careers Page





Friday, September 27, 2019

Media Advisory
Twin Falls District, Idaho
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Contact: Heather Tiel-Nelson, (208) 736-2352
Sept. 27, 2019

What: The Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District Fire Management program will formally transfer excess BLM Type 4 wildland fire engines to the Bliss Rural Fire District, Notch Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Assoc., Raft River Rural Fire Protection District, Saylor Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Assoc., and Shoshone Basin Rangeland Fire Protection Assoc. during a ceremony at the Twin Falls District Office. This transfer of engines embodies the spirit of being a good neighbor as part of the Rural Fire Readiness program. An opportunity for interviews will occur following the ceremony. 

Where: Twin Falls District BLM Office, 2878 Addison Ave. E., Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301
When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Who:  Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Twin Falls District Fire Management
Contact: Heather Tiel-Nelson, Twin Falls District Public Affairs Specialist (208) 736-2352  hnelson@blm.gov

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Nature Conservancy Plans Controlled Burn at Flat Ranch Preserve


Nature Conservancy Plans Controlled Burn at Flat Ranch Preserve
Burning Will Improve Rangelands for Cattle, Elk, and Other Animals

Island Park – Today (September 25, 2019) The Nature Conservancy will burn approximately 220 acres of pasture at its Flat Ranch Preserve, located east of Henry’s Lake. The burn is largely designed to improve plant diversity and grazing for cattle, but it will also benefit elk, moose, pronghorn and other wildlife species.

Fire is a natural part of this grassland ecosystem and helps maintain its health and vigor. It warms up the soil and reduces the leaf litter that accumulates each year, allowing sunlight to penetrate. Warming the soil increases microbial activity, which releases nutrients from decaying plant material that new grasses and flowers need to grow. After a fire, grazing animals are attracted to the lush re-growth of grass and concentrate their grazing in that burned area.

Fire can also be used to increase wildflower diversity in grasslands, which benefits butterflies, moths and other pollinators, providing a variety of food sources throughout the growing season. Diverse grasslands also provide the different types of vegetation and structure that pollinators need during different times in their life-cycles.

Controlled burns are only lit when weather conditions are favorable for the burn to remain at low intensity. Those conditions look favorable for today – September 25th. All burns require extensive planning. Safety of participants and nearby human communities are the number one concern in all controlled burns.

In addition to The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Island Park Fire Department will participate in the burn.


Friday, September 20, 2019

BLM transfers wildland fire engine to Inkom Fire Department


POCATELLO, Idaho— The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District transferred a surplus wildland fire engine to the Inkom Fire Department today as part of BLM’s effort to respond to rural wildland fires. This program allows BLM the ability to give excess equipment and supplies to local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations.

Under BLM’s new Rural Fire Readiness program, local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations that meet certain requirements may receive at no cost wildland fire engines, pumps, hose, chainsaws, hand tools and other items the BLM no longer needs.

“We appreciate the assistance of our local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in wildland firefighting in eastern Idaho,” said BLM Fire Management Officer Joel Gosswiller. “The Rural Fire Readiness program allows us the opportunity to augment their response to wildland fires safely and effectively.”

The transferred engine is BLM’s retired Engine 3482, which spent 18 years stationed in Malad. Engine Captain Wade Christophersen picked up the engine from the factory in Indianapolis and captained it for its entire life of service with the BLM.

“The Rural Fire Readiness program helps both the BLM and Inkom respond to local wildfires,” said Johnny Ketner, Inkom Fire Chief. “This engine will enhance the Inkom Fire Department’s program and we will put it to good use.”

This year, eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center has responded to 80 fires that burned 138,534 acres. The BLM works closely with other federal and state agencies, local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations to respond to wildland fires. 



Transferred BLM wildland fire engine to Inkom Fire Department
Left to right: Joel Gosswiller (BLM Idaho Falls District Fire Management Officer), Dean Hazen (Inkom FD Volunteer), Johnny Ketner (Inkom Fire Chief), Rob Armstrong (Inkom FD Volunteer), Melissa Warren (BLM Pocatello Field Manager), Blaine Newman (BLM Pocatello Assistant Field Manager), Mike Kuyper (BLM Pocatello Assistant Field Manager), Brian O’Donnell (BLM Fire Operation Specialist)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Twin Falls and Idaho Falls District is looking for Engine Captains


Looking for a career position within the BLM? Twin Falls and Idaho Falls BLM Districts are looking for Engine Captains! Click the link below to apply! 




Forestry Technician (Fire) (Engine Captain), GS-0462-06/07
Announcement No: ID-Merit-2019-0074
Opens: 09/18/2019  Closes:  10/01/2019
Location:  Twin Falls District, Idaho Falls District
Twin Falls, Shoshone, Burley, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Idaho
Full Performance Level:  GS-07
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.

Open to:
- All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility.
- CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles.
Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities
- Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)
To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS

For more information about BLM:  BLM Careers Page

Twin Falls District Fire Management is HIRING!



Forestry Technician, Senior Wildland Firefighter, GS-0462-05
Announcement No: ID-Merit-2019-0076
Opens: 09/18/2019  Closes:  10/01/2019
Location:  Twin Falls District
Twin Falls, Shoshone, or Burley, Idaho
Full Performance Level:  GS-05
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.

Open to:
- All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility.
- CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles.
Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities
- Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)
To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS

For more information about BLM:  BLM Careers Page



Thursday, September 12, 2019

News Release
                          Idaho State Office / 1387 S. Vinnell Way / Boise, ID 83709 / Phone: 208-373-4000 / www.blm.gov/id/st/en/


September 12, 2019
For Immediate Release                                                                 Contact: Jennifer Myslivy, (208) 373-3963


Hunters and Wildfire Safety
Shoot Responsibly – Idaho

STATEWIDE, Idaho – As the weather starts to cool and fire conditions decrease, please don’t be complacent about the importance of fire prevention and safety. Recreationalist continue to enjoy public lands during the fall, appreciating brisk mornings and warm afternoons, but the potential to start a wildfire still exists.

“Wildfire conditions are dynamic this time of year,” said BLM Idaho State Fire Management Officer Dennis Strange. “We are still seeing wildfires make runs in the afternoon when weather conditions are prime, but the cooler temperatures are helping fire resources achieve a quicker containment.”
On May 10, 2019, BLM Idaho State Director John F. Ruhs issued a Fire Prevention Order to prohibit the possession or use of steel core/incendiary/tracer ammunition and exploding targets. In general, please be proactive and take precautionary measures while shooting by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target area, and make sure to have fire safety equipment on hand (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water). Studies has shown that sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments cause vegetation fires as much as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jackets fragments. The Fire Prevention Order remains in effect until Oct. 20, 2019.

Before you head out to your favorite hunting spot make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blown tire. Sparks thrown from an improperly maintained vehicle or trailer can cause roadside fires without knowledge of the driver.
Finally, everyone enjoys a campfire, but the devastating effects of an unattended campfire could last for many years. Please take the proper steps to completely extinguish your campfire and any warming fires before leaving the area.

For more information on current area wildfires and fire prevention information visit www.idahofireinfo.com, Idaho Fire Info on Facebook, and follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter.