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- Randal CollinsThe 2012 All Hazard Incident Management Team Association conference agenda has been finalized and posted. The conference is only a few months away. Find the agenda and prospectus at www.ahimta.org or at http://www.facebook.com/groups/2012AHIMTA/. I hope to see you in Indianapolis in December!
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- John R Hornsby IIII hope this rain will give the crews a break they need fighting the fires. God knows they could use it..............
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- Fire will play an important role in shaping forest and stream ecosystems as the climate changes. Historic observations show increased dryness accompanying more widespread fire and forest die-off. These events punctuate gradual changes to ecosystems and sometimes generate stepwise changes in ecosystems.
- PIO Bulletin Board!
Hey PIOs! Got any success stories, tips and tactics, horror stories or any other info gained from the field this season? Shoot us your material and we'll get it posted on the board - http://www.nifc.gov/PIO_bb/pio_main.html.
Email us at - BLM_FA_NIFC_Comments@blm.gov.
- Firefighter extracted in helicopter’s bucket as wildfire approached...
Wow, quite the rescue by this helicopter pilot. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the FLA. Thoughts?
- California and the Pacific Northwest face higher-than-normal wildfire risk in October, according to the Predictive Services office.
Parts of the Upper Midwest also remain at risk of above-normal wildfire activity, although the potential there should fade as fall progresses.
Wildland Fire Outlook for October
- Effective immediately the National Preparedness Level is being reduced to 2. Demobilization of all resource types is occurring in most geographical areas. Initial attack capability is high in most areas and competition for resources between geographical areas is non-existent. Although we are experiencing dry conditions in some areas, we are not seeing high risk for emerging significant fires in the long term due to decreasing temperatures, higher RH and no significant ignition threats. Large fire activity has been decreasing daily and containment dates of existing large fires are in the near future.
- Public Lands Commemoration Forum to be Streamed Live
On Thursday September 27th, the Bureau of Land Management will provide live coverage of the Public Lands Foundation's "Public Lands Commemoration Forum" from the Black Canyon Conference ...Center in Phoenix, Arizona. This all-day event celebrates the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the General Land Office in 1812, the 150th anniversary of the passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, and the 100th anniversary of Arizona Statehood in 1912. The Forum will begin at 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time, and will be available at http://blm.gov/live.
Speakers will discuss how the three branches of the federal government have influenced the development of the public lands and public land laws over the past 200 years, including the last 100 years in Arizona, and the importance of our public lands in the future of America.
For more information on this exciting event and to view a draft agenda of the program, visit the Public Lands Foundation website at http://www.publicland.org/ .
- NIFC saw .04 inches of rain last night along with some gusty winds, which provided some relief from the "Treasure Valley's summer of smoke." Looks like a few other areas will receive some favorable weather conditions.....A cold front will move through the West, bringing showers and a few thunderstorms to the Great Basin, the northern and central Rockies. Cooler weather will spread across much of the West.
- M580 - Fire in Ecosystem Management, Jan 28 - Feb 1, NAFRI
This course is targeted to resource managers, wildland fire planning personnel and line officers who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of fire management and fire ecology. For more information go to: http://www.nafri.gov/.
- Monument Fence Gets Boost from Boy Scouts
On a warm, sunny Saturday day in September, the split-rail fence at the National Firefighters' Monument got a badly needed boost.
About 20 people affiliated with Boy Scout Troop #315 turned out to ...support Michael Schone fulfill one of the final requirements needed to obtain the rank of Eagle. Each Eagle Scout candidate must develop, organize, oversee and complete a project that benefits the community before receiving the honor.
Michael’s project came in two stages: First, prep the fence by pressure-washing one week, and then staining it the next.
Gaining approval for a suitable project by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization was one of the more difficult chores for Michael. The BSA has strict standards for Eagle Scout project proposals and Michael approached several community organizations, none of which had a suitable project for him.
"Just finding a project was a challenge," he says. "We got turned down a lot."
He learned of the need through a circuitous route. First came Michael's dental hygienist, Brian Halle, who was aware of the need for an Eagle project. Next came one of the dentist's patients, Tim Murphy, BLM assistant director at NIFC. That led to a call from Tim Murphy to Einar Norton, NIFC's supervisory engineer. The discussion in the dentist's chair was the catalyst for Michael getting in touch with Einar. After that, the dots connected quickly.
Behind every Eagle Scout is usually a determined mother. That was certainly the case for Michael.
"It feels wonderful to finally complete this journey toward the Eagle; I'm very proud of him," says Noel Schone, who modestly described her role as, "Keeping him focused and reminding him. I’d call it 'gentle persuasion.'"
The project was a family affair. Along with his mother, Michael's father, Ryan, brother Steven (also an Eagle Scout) sister Heather, uncles, cousins and grandparents all supported him.
Overall, he estimates about 95 hours of work were needed to rehab the 1,065-foot fence. The fence was in need of help. The last time it was pressure-washed and stained, it's believed, was in 2004, when another Eagle Scout candidate took on the chore.
"When Michael and I came to NIFC and met with Einar, we walked around the monument," Noel recalls. "I struggled to keep my eyes dry as I saw the names of the men and women there who have sacrificed their lives fighting fires. It's very humbling and I'm grateful this monument exists to remember these heroes. We knew then that this was an amazing project, not just staining a fence."
Einar Norton agrees that the work was worthwhile.
"Michael's Eagle project is not only a great way to spruce up the firefighter monument's appearance, but it is also a very positive way to connect with the local community and bring awareness to the individuals who have lost their lives while serving the public," he says.
The NIFC Employees' Association provided treats for the volunteers. NIFC campus maintenance supplied the materials.
Michael is a freshman at Centennial High School. Among his interests outside of scouting are music (he plays the trumpet in the marching band) and art (he wants to be an animator someday and make children’s films.)
"He loves art," says Noel. "He's happiest when he has a paintbrush in his hand."
And in that sense, Michael Schone's Eagle Scout project was a perfect fit for him.
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