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.

Check out our most recent video about our helitack crews! Learn more by downloading this BLM Fire brochure and suppression resources infographic. You can also listen to our Wildfire Matters podcasts

We are BLM Fire: Helitack Crews

Fire Restrictions

Check out the fire restrictions across the BLM. It's important to #KnowBeforeYouGo and #RecreateResponsibly while enjoying your public lands.

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A great #FireJob opportunity working for the Bureau of Land Management Fire budget shop at the National Interagency Fire Center! Apply today!
As we close out National Invasive Species Awareness Week, we leave you with the last Bureau of Land Management's #MostWanted invasive species – Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare, Cenchrus ciliaris)! This #invasivespecies ... threatens Sonoran deserts in the southwestern part of the United States because it out-competes native plants that wildfire relies on. It can also turn our diverse deserts into a single plant monoculture of grass. This grass enables more frequent, fast-moving wildfires since it can grow far and wide. This grass was intentionally brought to arid portions of the U.S. beginning in the 1930s for erosion control because of its drought tolerance and high seed production. Learn more: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/southwest-biological-science-center/news/a-decade-research-reveals-best-practices-control Photo and success story from our friends at National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management. #NISAW #InvasiveSpeciesWeek
Looking for an adventure this summer? Apply today for BLM Alaska Fire Service's Type 2 North Star Fire Crew and enjoy working to protect the landscape and communities in Alaska! #NotYourOrdinaryJob #WeAreBLMFire
Get ready to leap into spring cleaning!
Up next for #InvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek - Medusahead! Don’t worry, Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) won’t turn you into stone if you look at it. This plant was given its common name because of the plant’s multiple ... bristles (called awns) at the end of the mature plant. It roughly resembles Medusa's head of snakes! Medusahead is an #invasivespecies of grass that thrives in rangeland habitats. It is very flammable and increases the chances of a large, catastrophic wildfire. It is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. #PlayCleanGo - What can you do to help stop the spread of invasive species? • Clean your shoes, clothes, packs, and pets before and after exploring and stay on designated trails. • Clean your horse’s hooves and feed them weed-free certified hay before your adventure. • Clean, Drain, and Dry your watercraft and angling equipment to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! • Don’t Move Firewood! Buy it where you burn it, buy certified heat-treated firewood, or gather on site when permitted. • Before traveling to new areas, inspect and clean your trailers, off-road vehicles, and recreational vehicles with water or compressed air to remove mud, plant parts, and hidden pests. • Take the #PlayCleanGo Pledge and invite your family and friends to do the same at PlayCleanGo.org. #InvasiveSpecies #MostWanted Photo from SDSU Extension webpage - https://extension.sdstate.edu/invasive-grasses-medusahead
Here are two more opportunities to work for Intermountain West Joint Venture and help support the Bureau of Land Management in restoration landscape projects. #ItTakesAllOfUs #NotYourOrdinaryJob
We continue #InvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek with a little insight on a recent study from BLM Fire's Michele Crist, Landscape Ecologist, Fire Planning & Fuels Mgmt. on the increase of wildfires on non-forested lands due to ... #invasivespecies. Each year, wildfires burn some of our cherished #publiclands – the sagebrush ecosystem! We are seeing uncharacteristic fire due to the spread of fire-prone invasives is a large and pervasive threat to certain ecosystems’ persistence across the western U.S. The emerging non-forest fire patterns are primarily due to the rapid expansion of non-native invasive grasses (think cheatgrass) that increase fuel connectivity and fire spread. These invasions promote uncharacteristically frequent fire and loss of native ecosystems at large-scales, accelerating the need to place greater focus on managing invasive species in wildland fire management. Bureau of Land Management states are receiving funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to help with restoring the landscape and battle the invasion of invasive species! Learn more about the BLM's Restoration for Resilience - https://www.blm.gov/restoration-landscapes Read Michele’s full research paper - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479722022915 Invasives and Fire - https://www.partnersinthesage.com/fire-and-invasives #InvasiveSpecies #MostWanted
Managing for plant conservation is an important part of Bureau of Land Management’s mission, and many projects require large areas to be seeded. Where do the seeds come from? Meet the BLM National Seed Warehouse System (NSWS)! ... NSWS provides for seed needs agency-wide from warehouses in Boise, ID and Ely, NV. The warehouses fill field orders for 2-3 million pounds of seed annually. Over the past five years, the NSWS has bought and provided 187 different varieties of seed, 90% of which are native species. Where do the seeds come from? While most seed in the warehouses is purchased from commercial growers operating on private land, a large portion is also collected from the wild. Wild seed may be collected from federal, state, or private lands, depending on where the collector has a permit. Who needs the seeds? Many land management activities call for seeding. A frequent use is rehabilitation of areas after wildfires, which at high severities can leave landscapes denuded of vegetation. Restoring vegetative cover is a crucial component of stabilizing soils and reducing the impacts from invasive plant species. Other areas have soils that were disturbed and degraded by human use or development, and seeding is part of reclamation. Seeding can also be part of conservation activities, such as restoring communities of native vegetation, habitat enhancement and restoration, or promoting plants of cultural importance to Native communities. The list goes on! What kinds of seeds are being planted? Averaged since 2019, Bluebunch Wheatgrass, native to the northern Great Plains and Intermountain regions of the western United States, was by far the most-ordered species. Lower on the list but still ordered in many thousands of pounds are a broad variety of flowering plants and shrubs that represent some of the incredible diversity of American landscapes. 🎧 Listen to the Wildfire Matters podcast with National Seed Coordinator Brandon Brown 👉 https://shorturl.at/zBKT2