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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 Highly trained and experienced personnel considered one of the leading WFMs in the country.

3 Unaweep WFM Mission UNAWEEP 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 IAPs 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 Assessments, 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 MMAs, conducting tactical operations (i.e. burnouts), to monitoring (i.e. Veg. plots). -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 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 publics Rock 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 Prince Creek RX Accurate Cost Summaries Glenwood Springs BLM Field Office Carbondale, CO 6 Working Shifts TOTAL HOURS FOR ALL PERSONNEL AND COSTS REGULAROVERTIMEHAZARDHOLIDAYNIGHT HOURSCOSTSHOURSCOSTS MODULE OPERATIONS0$0.000 PRESCRIBED FIRE PLANNING0$0.000 HAZARD FUEL REDUCTION0$0.000 TRAVEL81$1, $ TRAINING0$0.000 PRESCRIBED FIRE - IMPLEMENTATION60$1, $1, ADMIN12$ $ PRESCRIBED FIRE - PREPARATION117$2, $0.00 WILDLAND FIRE0$0.000 TOTAL270$5, $2,264.95$0.00 TOTAL BLM PERSONNEL COSTS$6, PROJECT ACCOUNT (BLM) # LF31010WU JW0000 LFHFEP LLCO TOTAL USFS PERSONNEL COSTS$1,596.19PROJECT ACCOUNT (USFS) # WFXF18 TOTAL COSTS$8, PROJECT DATES: 5/12-5/18/2009 6/9-6/10/2009 TOTAL VEHICLE COSTS$ TOTAL PER DIEM COSTS/ MISCELLANEOUS$96.96 LINE PREP (CH)100 MIPF (AC) WF - FIRE USE (AC) WF - SUPPRESSION (AC) HAZARD FUELS TREATED (AC)114$79.80 per acre for the Module OTHER (AC) $41.20 per acre charged to the Prince Creek account. Including all prep work for the RX. GRAND TOTAL:$9, TOTAL COVERED BY MODULE ACCOUNT$4, % TOTAL COST TO BLM/USFS PROJECT ACCOUNTS$4, %

12 Prescribed Fire Specialized Assistance East Sopris RX, Aspen CO Pine Mt. RX, Gateway CO Assisting Tera-Torch firing operationsHolly Miller using the monitor of the Tatra to extinguish fire near control lines

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-

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16 Video/Photographic Documentation Semi-Truck roll over within the Lion Creek Fire Burn Severity Meadow Creek MMO Fire, CO

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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 MAPs/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 Recon of the Ruby Mt. Mining Site East Slide Rock Ridge WFU, NV Cabin Site Found

22 Unaweep WFM Equipment 4 x 4 truck2 Trailers2 046 stihl chainsaws6 Crosscut Saw1 ATVs (1 ATV power torch)2 Drip torches10 Laptop computer/fire software2 Portable printer1 Digital camera4 Garmin GPS7 Trimble GPS2 Generator1 Quion Dual Launcher/ assorted firing devices Various. Fuels Oven (with tins)1 Fuel 75 gal Gas/Diesel Satellite phone1 Handtools10 Cooking equipmentVarious Frimel, Cross Cut, Meadow Creek MMO, CO

23 Unaweep WFM Logistical Considerations Colorado River Yarmony Mt. RX, CO 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 MREs 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 hour Trucks: $0.83 per mile The modules 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. Cansa Bluffs WF, AK

24 Hayes, battling the dragon, Lion Creek MMO Fire, CO Module Leader: Sam Dearstyne phone cell Qualifications: ICT4, STLD, RXB2, CRWB, FOBS, ENGB, FIRB, DOZB, FALB, HECM, ATVO, FEMO, TFLD (t), SOPL(t) Assistant Module Leader: Kelly Boyd phone Qualifications: ICT4, CRWB, FIRB, FOBS, FALC, ENGB, HECM, ATVO, FEMO, WFR, DOZB(t) Crew Leads: Tommy Hayes, Holly Miller phone Qualifications: 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) Unaweep WFM Qualifications

25 Unaweep at the US/Mexico Border, AZ To Mexico?

26 Unaweep WFM Wildfire/ MMO Acres 2010 Acres: 10,235.1 Wild Fires: 2 Resource Benefit Fires: 7 NameWFRBFAcresLocationDates/ShiftsStatePositions Filled Purdy MesaX 50Mesa County Assist 3/30/ COCRWB, FALB, ENGB Palisade ExitX 0.1Palisade, CO 4/7/ CO1ICT4, 4 FFT1 Medano X7500Westcliffe, CO 6/20-6/30/ CO CRWB, DOZB, DOZB(t), 3 FEMO, 2 FFT1(t), 1 FOBS(t), 2 FOBS Meadow Creek X New Castle, CO 7/3/ CO ICT4, ICT4(t), 1 FOBS, 2 FEMO, I FEMO(t) Meadow Creek X New Castle, CO 7/4-7/17/ CO ICT 4, ICT4(t), 2 FFT1, 2 FFT2 Water Creek X360Rifle 7/5-7/10/ CO ICT4, ICT4(t), 1 FOBS, 2 FEMO, 2 FEMO(t), TFLD(t) Meadow Creek X1500New Castle, CO 7/18-7/31/ CO 2 FOBS, 3 FEMO, 4 FEMO(t), TFLD(t), FALC, FALC(t) Lion Creek X750Paradox, CO 8/16 -9/1/ CO 1 ICT4(t), 1 CRWB,4 FIRB, 1 FIRB(t), 1 ENGB(t), 2 FEMO(t) Mesa Creek X75Uncompahgre Plateau, CO 9/21/-9/23/ CO ICT4 (t), ICT4, 2 FEMO (t), 2 FEMO

27 Unaweep WFM RX Fire/Fuels Acres 2010 Acres:16,426Implemented RX Burns:15 Hazard Fuels Reduction: 2 RX Line Preparation:5Line Building/ RX Prep Chains:487 RX Plans Written: 2 NameRXPREPHZFPLNAcresLocationDates/ShiftsState Chains of Line Prepped Positions Filled East SoprisXX 200Glenwood F.O, BLM CO12 RXB2 (t), FIRB (t), FEMO (t), 4 FFT1, 4 FALB Yarmony Mt.X 100Kremmling F.O., BLM10/7/2009CO 2 FIRB, 1 FIRB (t), 1 FEMO Oak RidgeX 250Meeker F.O, DOW11/9/2009CO 1 FIRB C lazy U PilesX 200Kremmling F.O., BLM 2/8-2/11/10 3 CO FFT1 McQuery PilesX 75Kremmling F.O., BLM2/12/2010CO FFT1 Dry Gulch RX X X1100Kremmling F.O., BLM CO40 RXB2 (t), 1 FIRB, 3 FALB, 2 FFT1 Black Ridge RXXX 260Grand Junction, FO, BLM CO160 1 RXB2(t), 2 FIRB, 2 FIRB(t), 2 FEMO, 1 FFT1, 3 FFT2 Georgia MesaX 100Grand Junction FO, BLM 3/24/ CO FFT1 Deer Pen RX X Colorado River Valley FO,BLM CO120 RXB2 (t), 1 FIRB, 1 FALB, 2 FFT1 Battlements RXX 500Grand Junction FO, BLM 5/7/ CO FIRB, CRWB, 2 FEMO, 1FFT1, 2 FFT1, Reservoir Gulch RXX 1200Colorado River Valley F.O. BLM 5/8/ CO 1 HLD Spec., 2 FIRB, 2 FEMO, 2 FFT2 Windy Point Sage Grouse X 180Colorado River Valley F.O. BLM 5/10-5/14/10 4 CO 4 FALB, 1 FALB (t), 2 FALA Gibbler X 100Grand Junction FO, BLM 5/24 - 5/27/10 4 CO 1 FALC, 4 FALB, 2 FALA Buenos AiresX 11500Buenos Aires NWR, FWS6/11 -6/19/10AZ 1 RXB2(t), 3 FIRB, 2 FIRB(t), 2 FEMO, 1 FFT1, 1 ENGB(t)

28 Unaweep WFM RX Fire/Fuels Acres 2010 Continued NameRXPREPHZFPLNAcresLocationDates/ShiftsState Chains of Line Prepped Positions Filled Columbine RX XX 280 Norwood, Uncompahgre NF CO120 1 FIRB, 4 FALB, 2 FALB (t), 1 CRWB, 6 FFT1 Red CanyonX 1 Colorado NM, Grand Junction NPS 9/7/10 1 CO 1 FIRB, 3 FFT1 Brush Mt. RXX 100Grand Junction FO, BLM 9/14/10 2 CO FIRB, 5 FFT1 Pine MountainX 280 Gateway, Uncompahgre NF 9/16/10CO35 ENOP, ENGB, FIRB, 3 FFT1

29 Future for Unaweep WFM Continue 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 Offices around Colorado with office planning, unit layouts, and other field preparations for fuels projects as budgets become tighter. White River NF, CO


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