Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California Wild Fires

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Surprise Valley Fire Station is an Interagency Station, home to Bereau of Land Management Engine 3236, BLM Engine 3237 and BIA Engine 1. The primary mission for the fire suppression crew is to protect life, property and natural resources from wildfire. Engine 3236 and 3237 are responsible for the protection of more than 1.5 million acres of BLM managed land.

BLM crews work closely with other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Surprise Valley Volunteer Fire Departments, in protecting several thousand acres of private lands in Northeast California and Northwest Nevada. BLM suppression crews respond to a variety of calls including wildland fires, structure fires, vehicle fires and vehicle accidents. California Wild Fires, Surprise Field Office Fire Suppression Program

October 23, 2007 - The fire situation in southern California remains critical where 12 uncontained large fires have burned more than 335,000 acres. Hundreds of homes and commercial buildings throughout the area have been damaged or destroyed. The Santa Ana winds continue to be a challenge as firefighters work to contain these blazes.

Weather Discussion: Dry and windy conditions will continue in southern California through Wednesday. A strong Santa Ana wind event will continue to impact the southern California mountains, valleys and coastal areas through Wednesday, with strongest winds tapering off by Tuesday afternoon. Dry windy conditions will develop over eastern and southern New Mexico into northwest Texas. Much of the East will see precipitation through Wednesday.

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center

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