All Land Management Agencies support pre-positioning of Task Force in Camas Prairie
Working in true cooperative fashion, a Wildland Fire Task Force has been established in Camas Prairie. It is located at the Kamiah Elementary School . A variety of wildland firefighting resources are pre-positioned to be ready for quick response to any new fire start in the area. Fire Managers have their resources stretched thin as this year’s fire season hits North Idaho hard. This Task Force is part of a strategy that responds quickly to fires while maintaining a pool of resources. From the Salmon River to the Canadian border, wildland fire interagency partnerships are serving the public best by collaborating together.
The Alberta Canada Wildland Fire Service, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forests, BLM Coeur d’Alene District Office, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Fire Management have agreed to pre-position resources at one location. Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forests Fire Management Officer Bob Lippincott describes the working relationship as “Excellent - we are all here to stop the fires while they’re small and maintain our capacity to respond”.
Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center is the clearinghouse for ordering resources pre-positioned with the Task Force. When Incident Management Teams or Initial Attack Crews need the resources they contact Grangeville Dispatch directly.
The Alberta Wildland Fire Service from Canada and the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska maintain a Northwest Compact Agreement. This agreement negotiated during the non-fire season enables movement of resources across the border when the need arises. The Canadian Fire Service is participating in the Task Force by providing a Medium helicopter with rappel crew of eight firefighters. These rapellers have been dispatched to the Bill fire on the Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forests, Moose Creek District.
The Task Force is staging a complete Type3 Incident Management Team organization from Pecos NM. National sharing of resources works well between geographic areas whose fire season does not overlap, as is the case with the Southwest and Northern Rockies.
There are also three type3 Incident Commanders, a type3 Logistics Section Chief, a type3 Plans Section Chief, a Safety Officer, a Base Camp Manager, Engine Boss and a Heavy Equipment Boss. There are four Type4 Engines, a Dozer, a Swamper, and a Water Tender.