Controlled burn in Lockwood

April 8, 2008

The Nevada Division of Forestry and Storey County Fire Department held a controlled burn yesterday in Storey County’s community of Lockwood. Click the image to view the slideshow.

Controlled burn in Lockwood, Nevada.

 

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Firefighters and foresters worry about lack of firefighting funds (KRNV)

March 18, 2008

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoThe fire season is still several months away, but firefighters say they’re already concerned about a lack of manpower and money.

Fire season traditionally begins in May or June in Southern Nevada and moves north as the weather warms. State crews are at full capacity for this year, but Nevada forester Pete Anderson says, there will be less help when that fire season is upon us.

Read the complete story at KRNV.com.


NDF Responds: Fire departments complain about NDF slowness (Ely Times)

March 6, 2008

The Nevada Division of Forestry clarified today information that appeared in the March 5, 2008, Ely Times story, “Fire departments complain about NDF slowness.” NDF comments are in bold. See also, “White Pine County may establish its own new fire district (Ely Times): NDF responds.”

Fire departments complain about NDF slowness

By JOHN PLESTINA
Ely Times Reporter

Representatives from the Lackawanna and Lund fire departments chastised the Nevada Division of Forestry at a county commission meeting on Feb. 27 for failing to repair trucks and equipment in a timely manner.

Strong comments directed at the NDF came during a discussion about a draft of an agreement that would form a new fire district. Nevada statutes permit counties to form locally controlled fire districts that are not directly managed by the Nevada Division of Forestry.

Mary Walker & Associates of Minden is currently conducting an analysis for a new fire district. The county commission retained the firm in January. That study is about a month away from completion.

Issues that fire departments throughout White Pine County have with state management include what some fire chiefs are calling slow repairs to trucks and equipment by NDF mechanics.

NDF CORRECTION: Repairs are accomplished as they are discovered or relayed up the chain of command from the local fire department. There was a period of time when NDF personnel were not allowed access to fire stations. In addition, communication from local fire departments was limited. Any repairs that are currently being performed by NDF mechanics or staff are ones that have been discovered during regularly scheduled monthly inspections.

With a locally controlled fire district, funding that is currently going to the NDF would go to local departments and could fund repairs.

NDF CLARIFICATION: There is currently a vehicle repair line item in the budget for White County Fire Protection District. White Pine County funds are only used to repair vehicles or equipment in the White Pine County Fire Protection District. Read the rest of this entry »


Deadline near for panel’s Tahoe fire report (RGJ)

March 2, 2008

Eight months after flames roared through a Lake Tahoe community, destroying 254 homes, a special panel established to avoid future disasters is nearing its deadline.

By March 21, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons expect a report on how to avoid a repeat of last June’s Angora Fire. This week, the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission is scheduled to sort through some 120 different recommendations crafted to achieve that goal.

Read the complete story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.


White Pine County may establish its own new fire district (Ely Times): NDF responds

December 20, 2007

The Nevada Division of Forestry clarified today information that appeared in the December 20, 2007, Ely Times story “White Pine County may establish its own new fire district.” NDF comments are in bold.

White Pine County may establish its own new fire district (Ely Times)
By JOHN PLESTINA
Ely Times Reporter

The White Pine County Commission is looking at options to form a county fire district that would not be under the auspices of the state.

At least two issues that surfaced this year put the current fire district that is managed by the Nevada Division of Forestry under local scrutiny.

[CORRECTION: The White Pine County NRS 473 Fire District is managed jointly by the White Pine County Board of Fire Commissioners and the Nevada Division of Forestry. White Pine County provides operational funding annually including equipment repair. NDF brings statewide communications, the emergency suppression account, command and control, hand crews and other services at no cost to the Fire District and White Pine County.]

Those issues include slow repairs to trucks and equipment by state NDF mechanics and the state firing of a well-respected battalion chief.

[CLARIFICATION: Vehicle repairs are in part dependent upon funding levels provided by White Pine County. The Division does fund repairs on state equipment.]

The county is likely to seek a proposal from Mary Walker & Associates of Minden to do an analysis for a new fire district. Walker has done in several similar analyses in rural Nevada counties. On Jan. 9, the commission will consider entering into a contract with Walker. Read the rest of this entry »


Governor to meet with U.S. Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne

December 13, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons

CARSON CITY, Nev.—Governor Jim Gibbons will meet tomorrow with U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to discuss the federal government’s role in assisting Nevada with post-fire land rehabilitation efforts and the U.S. District Court’s recent decision to reverse a 2004 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not list the Sage Grouse as threatened or endangered.

Secretary Kempthorne will be in Nevada to attend the annual Colorado River Water Users Association Conference.

Governor Gibbons recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Idaho, Utah and Wyoming to outline and formulate a cooperative plan to ensure the continued coordinated support efforts for wildland fire fuels management and rehabilitation efforts between all four states. Each year, western states lose millions of acres of native vegetation to catastrophic wildfires. Read the rest of this entry »


Governor signs multistate, cooperative wildfire memorandum

November 20, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim GibbonsCARSON CITY, Nev.–Governor Jim Gibbons signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the governors of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming to outline and formulate a cooperative plan to ensure the continued coordinated support efforts for wildland fire fuels management and rehabilitation efforts between all four states.

“Due to exceptionally dry conditions and a lack of available forage, Nevada lost nearly one million acres this past fire season. If we fail to adequately rehabilitate this land, cheat grass and other invasive species will replace native plants, creating an even greater risk for future fires,” said Governor Jim Gibbons. “The threat of future catastrophic wildfires caused by cheat grass and drought is not limited to the State of Nevada. In fact, many western states face similar challenges during and after fire season, which is why the partnership between Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming is critically important to our collective restoration and prevention efforts. I thank Governors Otter, Huntsman, and Freudenthal for their cooperation and efforts to address these important issues.” Read the rest of this entry »