Second interagency crew mobilized
A second Type-2 initial attack crew, led by Casey Goldsmith (USFS-CPF) and Karl Gaalaas (DNR), left the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) for Albuquerque, NM today.
Hot and dry conditions have increased wildfire potential in the Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC) region. At planning level four, there are 23 large incidents in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas (interactive incident map).
Western wildfire season is ramping up. The National Interagency Fire Center seven-day outlook shows an uptick in wildfire potential through the holiday weekend. Minnesota now has two 20-member crews and two 10-person engine modules on western fires. Yesterday, a seven-person helicopter module left for Wenatchee, WA. Approximately 80 MNICS personnel are on assignment in seven different states including Arizona, California, Georgia, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia and Utah.
When a MIFC crew mobilizes, the Northeast Interagency Cache assembles a kit of chainsaws, chaps, batteries, coolers, an MRE supply, gas cans, fire tools, an assortment of tape and flagging materials plus barn chain oil. Not to exceed 65-pounds, a crew member pack contains a tent, sleeping bag, clothing, protective equipment and personal items.