Bureau of Land Management

The BLM, a leader in wildland fire management, conducts a broad range of actions to protect the public, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, and other values and resources. The agency’s national Fire and Aviation Program (BLM Fire), which focuses on public safety as its top priority, consists of fire suppression, preparedness, predictive services, vegetative fuels management, community assistance and protection, and fire prevention through education. To meet its wildland fire-related challenges, the BLM fields highly trained professional firefighters and managers who are committed to managing fire in the most effective and efficient manner. 

As the largest and most complex fire program within the Department of the Interior, BLM Fire is directly responsible for fire management on more than 245 million acres. This land is commonly intermixed with other federal, state, and local jurisdictions, making partnerships and collaborative efforts crucial to the mission of safety and fire management. Overall, BLM Fire implements fire protection on approximately 650 million acres of public land with other fire management agencies. 

BLM Fire, located at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, manages program budget at a national scale, sets policy and program standards, and works closely with the DOI’s Office of Wildland Fire, DOI sister agencies, the USDA Forest Service, state and other organizations.

Learn more by downloading this BLM Fire brochure!

BLM Fire and Aviation Facebook

On America’s rangelands, one less spark really can mean one less wildfire. The Bureau of Land Management and our partner land management agencies need your help to prevent wildfires this summer. The public plays a valuable role ... in #WildfirePrevention. The national average of human-caused wildfires comprises 87% of all wildfire occurrences every year. Most of these fires can be prevented. #ReadyForWildfire #WildfireAwarenessMonth Image by BLM Fire
#WildfirePrevention matters! If you are working outdoors, please consider wildfire safety, especially the timing of your outdoor home projects! Working in the morning, ensuring 10 feet of clearance, and having a fire extinguisher ... ready can prevent a wildfire. #ReadyForWildfire #WildfireAwarenessMonth Video by BLM Fire
This #WildfireAwarenessMonth, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture outline wildland fire preparedness and climate resiliency plans. For #FireYear2021, the combined resources for wildland fire ... response across the Department of the Interior’s land management agencies — including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service include 15,000 firefighters, more than 500 helicopters, 91 Single Engine Air Tankers or SEATs, up to 34 airtankers, 360 pieces of heavy equipment, and more than 1,600 engines. In #FireYear2020, more than 10.3 million acres burned in the United States — a record year and more than 50 percent above the 10-year average for acres burned. From August through October, the most extreme conditions caused thousands of evacuations, homes and structures lost, and tragic fatalities of 11 people in Oregon and 34 people in California. #WildfirePrevention #ReadyForWildfire
During a wildfire, smoke may be difficult to manage based on conditions, however, during a #RxBurn, managers can plan for weather conditions, including wind speed and wind direction, that allow for good dispersal, lessening the ... impact of smoke on a particular area. Managers also call off prescribed fires if conditions are not exactly right and will cause too much of an impact from smoke. #AirQuality Photo of firefighters conducting a prescribed fire in southern Idaho, taken by Bureau of Land Management - Idaho Boise District.
This National #PoliceWeek, we recognize and thank our partners in law enforcement. A vital aspect of law enforcement and special agents to wildland fire management is fire investigation. Over 80% of wildfires are human-caused. We ... appreciate their diligence and work each and every day. #WildfireAwarenessMonth
This is what #ReadyForWildfire looks like. KTVB features, "The mentality of wildland firefighters." This is a great look at the preparation our #FirefightingResources take to protect public lands. #WildfireAwarenessMonth Thanks ... for doing your part for #WildfirePrevention in #FireYear2021.
Save the date! FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 8 is hosting a #WildfireChat via Twitter on Tuesday, May 25. #WildfireAwarenessMonth #WildfirePrevention #ReadyForWildfire
Here's another #FireJob! The Bureau of Land Management is hiring a national aviation program manager at the National Interagency Fire Center. Visit USAJOBS at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600696500. Announcement ... closes on May 19. How to apply --> https://bit.ly/3loSfSo #NotYourOrdinaryJob Photo of an engine and Skycrane, from NIFC archive