BLM Office: Twin Falls District Office

Media Contact: Heather Tiel-Nelson [email protected] 208-308-3727

SHOSHONE, Idaho—Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Twin Falls District Fire Management Program transferred a wildland fire engine to the Notch Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA). Formed in 2016, members of this RFPA help to protect over 341,000 acres of private, state and federal lands north of Twin Falls.

The engine was transferred under BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness program, which is designed to provide equipment to local wildland firefighting partners at no cost. The Type IV heavy engine (750-gallon capacity) will also come with additional hoses, hose fittings and tools.

“Our ability to transfer an engine to our rangeland fire protection association partners is truly a force multiplier when it comes to wildland fire suppression,” said Twin Falls District Fire Management Officer Brad Sawyer. “Our partners enhance our ability to suppress wildland fires that threaten communities, property and natural resources in south-central Idaho.”

Community partnerships between the BLM, rural fire departments and the rangeland fire protection associations are crucial to wildfire response that support livestock grazing, recreation, wildlife habitat and other values important to local economies.

For the past several years, this engine served in each of the Burley, Jarbidge and Shoshone field offices within the Twin Falls District as well as multiple out-of-state assignments across the West.