They burn with a purpose
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM
By The Nature Conservancy
The Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module was created in April 2008 in order to help restore Colorado's forests with safe, scientifically-designed prescribed burns on thousands of acres.
The Module is also trained to assist federal agencies to allow natural wildland fires to burn in ways that will help restore hundreds of thousands of additional acres.
The Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module started its fourth season of operations in February 2011.
This spring, the crew was busy with 15 prescribed fire projects totaling more than 2,000 acres. These projects were located on partner lands as well as Conservancy properties such as the Phantom Canyon Preserve, Fox Ranch and the Bar NI Ranch.
This summer has also been filled with assignments. The module was dispatched to Arizona's massive Wallow Fire, where they join hundreds of other crew members to face the fury of the fire, sometimes working up to 20 hours a day. After only four days of rest, they were then called to the front lines of Las Conchas Fire, working around the clock to protect people, property and land.
Keep track of the Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module:
- Geographic Area Coordination Center (look under Wildland Fire Modules)
- Daily Resources Status Summery (look under The Nature Conservancy)
- National Wildland Fire Situation Report and Information
- Team Blog: See photos and read stories about the crew's recent assignments.
Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module Mission Statement
As the Southern Rockies Fire Use Module we will strive to become a cohesive, safe, adaptable module, rising above any situation and maintaining The Nature Conservancy's integrity beyond reproach. Module members will lead by example while making every effort to exceed all standards and expectations put forth in wildland fire use, prescribed fire, fire adapted ecosystem restoration and community protection.
Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module’s Purpose
The primary purpose of The Nature Conservancy's Southern Rockies Fire Module is to manage and reintroduce wildland fire into fire adapted ecosystems.
This will be done by creating and maintaining relationships with federal, state, local land management agencies and private land owners using the module's specialized expertise in areas such as fire monitoring, ignition, holding and suppression, prescribed fire preparation and implementation support, community protection through hazard fuels reduction, and fire effects monitoring.
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