Presentation on theme: "Unaweep WFM Colorado BLM Grand Junction, CO Home Unit Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management."— Presentation transcript:
1 Unaweep WFM Colorado BLM Grand Junction, CO Home Unit Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management
2 Unaweep Facts -FIRST and ONLY BLM Wildland Fire Module -Core crew of 7 members-Module Leader (PFT)-Assistant Module Leader (Career Seasonal)-Two Crew Leads (Career Seasonal)-3 Crewmembers (Seasonal)-Season of Availability April 1-Oct. 15 (Could be longer with a full crew of non-seasonal employees)-Received National FUM Status in August 2004-Highly trained and experienced personnel considered one of the leading WFM’s in the country.
3 Unaweep WFM MissionUNAWEEP WFM exists to provide land management agencies with a highly skilled, mobile, and mission specific workforce.Principally assigned to MMO fires, prescribed fire projects, and wildland fire suppression incidents, to assist with fire management policy implementation.
4 On Wildland Fire Assignments -Fill key roles in Wildland Fire command structure from IC, FEMO, and SOPL. Assist in development LTIP/ WFDDS process.-Prepare and develop IAP’s during ICT4 events.-Suggest/ Assist local managers with Management Objectives and concerns for MMO incidents.-Provide monitoring with written, electronic, and photo documentation of fire events.-Provide daily weather, smoke, fire behavior, and fuel moisture documentation.Dearstyne , planning, Gunbarrel MMO Fire, WY
5 -Complete Structure Assessment’s, and implement structure protection as needed. -Bring specialized equipment too assist in management of MMO/ AMR incidents.-Provide support in every stage of the implementation of Wildland Fire Events, from establishing/ implementing MMA’s, conducting tactical operations (i.e. burnouts), to monitoring (i.e. Veg. plot’s).-Provide knowledge of common language, policy, strategies, and tactics associated with MMO/ AMR/ Fire Use Incidents.1 year after Post Burn Monitoring, Dominguez MMO Fire, Grand Junction, CO
6 Unaweep WFM burnout operations to protect Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat on BLM lands during the Lion Creek MMO Fire near Paradox, CO
7 Rock Goblin Lookout, Meadow Creek MMO Fire, CO Hike; GPS fire perimeter/ growth; recon ahead/behind fire to identify management actions points, water sources; provide information for managers; locate/asses structures; find and inform publicsRock Goblin Lookout, Meadow Creek MMO Fire, CO
8 Photo Documentation; Johnson Grass, fire behavior during prescribed fire operations in Arizona. Buenos Aires NWR, AZ
9 On Prescribed Fire Assignments -Fill key roles in Rx Fire command structure from FIRB to RXB2.-Monitor live/dead fuel moistures, and other parameters to meet Rx fire prescription.-Provide daily weather, smoke, fire behavior, photo documentation.-Provide Fire Effects Monitors.
10 - Assist with Burn Plan writing, assembly, unit designation, and unit planning/ layout -Establish vegetation plots, photo plots, and fuel transects to meet monitoring needs.-Perform Rx fire operations and any associated prep work.- Bring specialized equipment too assist in management of Rx Fire.
11 Accurate Cost Summaries Prince Creek RXAccurate Cost SummariesGlenwood Springs BLM Field OfficeCarbondale, CO6 Working ShiftsTOTAL HOURS FOR ALL PERSONNEL AND COSTSREGULAROVERTIMEHAZARDHOLIDAYNIGHTHOURSCOSTSMODULE OPERATIONS$0.00PRESCRIBED FIRE PLANNINGHAZARD FUEL REDUCTIONTRAVEL81$1,812.306$208.81TRAININGPRESCRIBED FIRE - IMPLEMENTATION60$1,273.80$1,777.05ADMIN12$263.888$279.09PRESCRIBED FIRE - PREPARATION117$2,645.42WILDLAND FIRETOTAL270$5,995.4074$2,264.95TOTAL BLM PERSONNEL COSTS$6,664.16PROJECT ACCOUNT (BLM) # LF31010WU JW0000 LFHFEP LLCO937000TOTAL USFS PERSONNEL COSTS$1,596.19PROJECT ACCOUNT (USFS) # WFXF18TOTAL COSTS$8,260.35PROJECT DATES: 5/12-5/18/ /9-6/10/2009TOTAL VEHICLE COSTS$739.49TOTAL PER DIEM COSTS/ MISCELLANEOUS$96.96LINE PREP (CH)100MIPF (AC)WF - FIRE USE (AC)WF - SUPPRESSION (AC)HAZARD FUELS TREATED (AC)114$79.80 per acre for the ModuleOTHER (AC)$41.20 per acre charged to the Prince Creek account. Including all prep work for the RX.GRAND TOTAL:$9,096.81TOTAL COVERED BY MODULE ACCOUNT$4,399.2148%TOTAL COST TO BLM/USFS PROJECT ACCOUNTS$4,697.6052%
12 Prescribed Fire Specialized Assistance Assisting Tera-Torch firing operationsHolly Miller using the monitor of the Tatra to extinguish fire near control linesEast Sopris RX, Aspen COPine Mt. RX, Gateway CO
13 Why do you need extra documentation on a Fire? Advantage of having a WFM document Weather, Fire Behavior, and Smoke Observations, is to provide quality information to be used by the FBAN and LTAN in making long and short term fire behavior predictions.Documentation can assist fire managers with predictions and implementation of MMO/ AMR in future years in like situations.Structure Assements with Site/ Structure Protection Plans are invaluable documentation for future fire planning.Samples of some of the FEMO/ FOBS documentation are as follows-
19 Vegetation Monitoring Josh Hill photo plots, Battlements RX, Colbran CO
20 Invaluable Fire Reconnaissance Most members of Unaweep are FOBS or FOBS(t) giving the ability to split up into small teams to determine fire intelligence/needs for a large area in short periods of time.Holding concerns, structures/sites, and associated needs to protect each, fire behavior predictions in the real time, fuel monitoring/characteristics, establishment of MAP’s/considerations.Ability to answer questions for mangers such as: Is the fire accomplishing resource goals? Where is the fire likely to go? What is the public reaction to the fire?
21 ATV ahead of the fire Cabin Site Found Recon of the Ruby Mt. Mining Site East Slide Rock Ridge WFU, NVCabin Site Found
22 Unaweep WFM Equipment 4 x 4 truck 2 Trailers 046 stihl chainsaws 6 Crosscut Saw1ATV’s (1 ATV power torch)Drip torches10Laptop computer/fire softwarePortable printerDigital camera4Garmin GPS7Trimble GPSGeneratorQuion Dual Launcher/ assorted firing devicesVarious.Fuels Oven (with tins)Fuel75 gal Gas/DieselSatellite phoneHandtoolsCooking equipmentVariousFrimel, Cross Cut, Meadow Creek MMO, CO
23 Unaweep WFM Logistical Considerations Unaweep arrives self sufficient for two-seven days upon request. The Module can be self sufficient up to 9 days at a time by buying groceries and cooking. Food costs are ~$4.50 per meal per person. Compared with MRE’s which are ~$12.50 each, or a Caterer charging up to $18.00 per meal. Per-diem is not charged since all food is purchased by a Gov CC.Unaweep has 4 purchase cards able to make logistical arrangements.Module costs: Personnel: ~ $ per hour & $ per overtime hourTrucks: $0.83 per mileThe module’s base 8 hours are negotiable for fuels projects, but not for fire incidents. The requesting unit will cover overtime, travel, mileage, and other incident associated costs.Colorado River Yarmony Mt. RX, COCansa Bluffs WF, AK
24 Unaweep WFM Qualifications Module Leader: Sam Dearstyne phonefaxcellQualifications: ICT4, STLD, RXB2, CRWB, FOBS, ENGB, FIRB, DOZB, FALB, HECM, ATVO, FEMO, TFLD (t), SOPL(t)Assistant Module Leader: Kelly Boyd phonecellQualifications: ICT4, CRWB, FIRB, FOBS, FALC, ENGB, HECM, ATVO, FEMO, WFR, DOZB(t)Crew Leads: Tommy Hayes, Holly Miller phonecellQualifications: CRWB, FIRB, ENGB, DOZB, FOBS, ICT5, FALC Cert., FEMO, HECM, ATVO, FALB, ENOP, CRWB (t), ICT4(t)Module crewmembers: Jeff Frimel, Joshua Hill, Coyde Fickel(1-2 detailer positions per assignment)Qualifications: FEMO, FALC, FALB, FFT1, ICT5, HECM, WFR, ATVO, FIRB (t), CRWB(t), ENOP (t)Hayes, battling the dragon, Lion Creek MMO Fire, CO
29 Future for Unaweep WFMContinue to assist BLM and other agencies with the implementation of Wildland/Prescribed Fire, mechanical treatments, and monitoring of these events.Increase number of career seasonals allowing the module to be available longer to accomplish shoulder season projects, and gain the ability to retain quality employees.Assist all BLM Field Officesaround Colorado with officeplanning, unit layouts, and otherfield preparations for fuelsprojects as budgets becometighter.White River NF, CO