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Friday, February 26, 2021

Bureau of Land Management begins construction on new wildland fire station

 





News Release

DATE: February 26, 2021

CONTACT: Jared Jablonski  jjablonski@blm.gov  208-384-3210


Bureau of Land Management begins construction on new wildland fire station


BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun construction of a new wildland fire station located about 1.5 miles southwest of Bruneau. The new Bruneau Guard Station will replace the nearby existing station, which is being decommissioned after 37 years due to outdated facilities requiring extensive maintenance. 

 

"This fire station will keep our crews and equipment strategically located close to potential wildfires and improve our firefighting effectiveness,” said BLM Boise District Fire Management Officer Russ Babiak. “It will also have our personnel living among the communities who face the risk of wildfires and allow us to build stronger relationships with the public we serve.” 

 

Work will be done in two phases. Phase one began earlier this month and includes construction of new crew living quarters and site development for the fire station. Phase two will be the building of the station itself and is expected to begin later this year. All facilities will be complete by June 2022. 

 

The finished station will have a much-needed larger engine bay, upgraded workshop, training room and adequate parking for heavy equipment, including dozers and water tenders. Crew quarters capacity will be increased for up to 10 firefighters; the living quarters will be detached from the fire station following national guidance to promote work-life separation. 

 

"Building this new station enhances the BLM’s mission to protect life, property and natural resources from the threat of wildland fire and shows our commitment to providing professional wildfire response to the local area,” said BLM acting Bruneau Field Manager T.J. Clifford. 

 

Phase one construction work is being done by C-2 Construction Inc. based out of Mountain Home.


 


Friday, February 19, 2021

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burning in southwest Idaho

 




News Release

DATE: February 19, 2021

CONTACT: Jared Jablonski, jjablonski@blm.gov, 208-384-3210 

 

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burning in southwest Idaho


BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat (BOSH) Jackpot Prescribed Burn, located southwest of Oreana, between Feb. 24 and April 30 depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions.  

 

The objective is to burn areas of heavy, dead tree branches, called jackpots, accrued from the BOSH project’s juniper treatments over a 1,098-acre area. The BOSH project is aimed at reducing the encroachment of western juniper trees into the grass and sagebrush-dominated sage-steppe ecosystem, which supports wildlife habitat, grazing and recreation. 

 

The burning will occur mainly in two areas: one along Bachman Grade Road and a second near Triangle, located 8 and 20 miles southwest of Oreana, respectively. There will be no delays to public traffic. 

 

Upon favorable conditions, fire managers expect to be burning for three to seven days, with subsequent mop-up and patrol occurring for several days afterward. The public can expect to see smoke during ignitions and mop-up. 

 

Fire managers will be targeting weather and fuel conditions that minimize fire spread, such as snow, high fuel moisture and new grass growth. Containing the fire spread to individual tree debris zones protects nearby live vegetation and allows for faster vegetation recovery.  

 

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378. 





Bureau of Land Management firefighter igniting areas of heavy, downed juniper jackpots during the 2019 Trout Springs Prescribed Burn in Owyhee County, Idaho.



Monday, February 1, 2021

Idaho Department of Lands Helitack is HIRING!! Apply Today!!

Helicopter Manager (Resource Boss)-Benefit Eligible 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Helicopter Manager position is responsible for the daily supervision of the crew (up to 10 crew members), helicopter contractual oversight, equipment and crew reporting, and scheduling of resources.  The manager conducts helicopter inspections, pilot and crew briefings, completes payment documents and provides helicopter contract administration assistance.  This individual will also be responsible for supervising and training FFT1 and FFT2 personnel in preparation for wildland fire pre-suppression/suppression, timber management, and hazard management projects.  In performance of this supervisory role, the manager will coordinate daily activities and operations, monitor and evaluate the performance of firefighters, as well as maintain accurate documentation and records.  Along with supervisory responsibilities, the manager also assists in all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation.  Desired NWCG qualifications for this position include HMGB and ICT4.  Helicopter Managers may be asked to utilize any additional Red Card Qualifications to fulfill various roles during wildland fire suppression throughout the season.  This position may also perform other duties as assigned. A valid driver's license is required.   

WORK SCHEDULE:  The Helicopter Manager vacancy is a 9-month (1385 hours) benefited position that will begin in early March and run through mid-December.  The standard work schedule pre- and post-contract period is a Monday-Friday 0800 to 1630 shift.  Once the aircraft contract period begins in June, the crew then switches over to 14 days on, 2 days off schedule working from 0900 to 1800, with many days during the contract being extended to longer shifts depending on weather, severity, etc.  As such, overtime is built into the schedule for the duration of the aircraft contracts.  

Helicopter Crew member (Helitack)-Seasonal Temporary-Non-Benefited

HELICOPTER CREWMEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:  As a Helicopter Crew member and Seasonal Wildland Firefighter for CDA Helitack and the Idaho Department of Lands, you will be required to perform and assist in wildland fire suppression operations and hazard management projects, with special attention to aviation operations involving utilization of helicopters for wildfire suppression and support.  Each crew member will operate and maintain firefighting equipment, construct fireline, and assist with ignition operations.  You may be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree felling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilization of a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. The ability to perform arduous and strenuous work for extended periods of time, often up to 16 hours a day, as well as working in isolated locations for 14-21 days at a time on short notice will also be expected of you.  Crew members must be able to use a radio, use resource management equipment, and read maps.  Some knowledge of computer processing and use, GIS/GPS interface, and precise data recording is also highly important.  Crew members may perform other duties as assigned throughout duration of employment.  Individuals may be required to operate light vehicles, chain saws, portable pumps and ATV/UTVs.  Must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  The Helicopter Crewmember vacancy is a 5-month (1385 hours) non-benefited position that will begin in early May and run through early October.  The standard work schedule pre- and post-contract period is a Monday-Friday 0800 to 1630 shift.  Once the aircraft contract period begins in June, the crew then switches over to 14 days on, 2 days off schedule working from 0900 to 1800, with many days during the contract being extended to longer shifts depending on weather, severity, etc.  As such, overtime is built into the schedule for the duration of the aircraft contracts.   

Please contact Seth Hamilton, IDL Helicopter Operations Specialist with any questions or for more details about the positions. Email: shamilton@idl.idaho.gov  Cell: 208-596-3775

APPLY HERE:  IDL Helitack Job Application