Local Firefighters Help Battle Arizona Blazes

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

Support teams from Northern Nevada are in Arizona to help in those wildfires. Supervisors from the Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service left Sunday and some left Monday.

We went to find oout how their roles are vital to the firefighting effort in the west.

Eight people from Northern Nevada will be helping coordinate the hot crews on the fire lines. More could be on the way, depending on how the fire acts over the next week or so.

Two hot-shot crews from Northern Nevada are on stand-by ready to go at a moments notice. They would only be called if resources stretch thin across the West.

"They're available to go and are required to go if the resource order comes through," says Kelly Martin of the U.S. Forest Service.

Most of the firefighters battling the blazes are from Arizona, Southern California, and New Mexico.

Because of our location, Nevada firefighters are not expected to be impacted that much, although both states depend on each other during the wildfire season.

"Tthey get out of fire season when we're about to start, so we rely on them to help us out," Martin says.

Nevada's fire conditions are very similar to those in Arizona. We have experienced serious droughts in parts of the state, and have had recent lightning strike fires.

Also, some of our forests are dense which sets up a potential for a catastrophic fire. "Because they are so dry we need a lot of rain over a long period of time to recover," says Martin.

The spring rains in April and May have created an above-average grass growth in many parts of the state. Combine that with extremely dry conditions and Nevada is ripe this summer for a catastrophic fire.


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