Source: US State of Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH – A 20-person Ohio wildfire crew from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) left on Friday, July 6, to travel to Boise, Idaho. From there they were assigned to the Dollar Ridge Fire in northeastern Utah. Additionally, an ODNR wildfire crew consisting of three people and one wildfire engine left Ohio on Friday to assist wildfire suppression efforts in Sweetwater, Texas.
“Ohio’s wildland fire crew assigned to Utah is working to fight a human-caused wildfire located just southwest of Duchesne, Utah,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “Our engine crew will assist the Texas Forest Service in fighting new fire starts in a high-fire danger area in western Texas.”
The ODNR Division of Forestry trains ODNR, federal and private natural resource agencies, as well as fire department personnel from across the state, for inter-agency wildland fire detail and emergencies to protect life and property in Ohio; manage prescribed fire for forest regeneration; and to provide assistance to other states as part of the national effort.
Ohio crews and individual management personnel have assisted with hurricanes, floods and wildfire incidents since 1986. Crews and overhead staff are normally dispatched out-of-state for two-week assignments. Travel and wage costs are reimbursed by requesting agencies. Last year, Ohio’s wildfire and engine crews responded to southern wildfire assignments in Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana.
The ODNR Division of Forestry also coordinates agreements and wildfire training, prevention, suppression and enforcement with 325 fire departments in the southern and eastern parts of the state and around Maumee State Forest in the state’s northwest corner.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands and the fire management program, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov