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Have Fire Crew ---Will Travel
Southwest Region, February 8, 2013
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Balcones Canyonlands Fire Crew and Module - L-R
Kevin Carter, Assistant Fire Managment Officer
Rob Vernachio, Engine Boss
Shawn Woodbury, Fire Fighter
Eric Krueger, Fire Operations Specialist
Wesley Evans, Engine Boss
Brett Idol, Fire Fighter
Jeremy Edwardson, Fire Fighter
Carl Schwope, Fire Managment Officer
Balcones Canyonlands Fire Crew and Module - L-R Kevin Carter, Assistant Fire Managment Officer Rob Vernachio, Engine Boss Shawn Woodbury, Fire Fighter Eric Krueger, Fire Operations Specialist Wesley Evans, Engine Boss Brett Idol, Fire Fighter Jeremy Edwardson, Fire Fighter Carl Schwope, Fire Managment Officer - Photo Credit: Abra Zobel FWS

In 1997, the Southwest Region incorporated the first prescribed fire module concept as a tool to assist with prescribed fire treatments, not only within the Region, but throughout the Service. The module is a self-contained group of qualified and equipped fire fighters. As priority allocations and budget levels have changed throughout the years, the staffing and composition of the module has also changed. However, the spirit and the intention of the module still exists at the Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The crew is trained to hold numerous NWCG positions needed for prescribed fires. With the successful implementation of the Simons Southwest prescribed burn, the module has completed 1,001 prescribed burns, since the first burn was completed with the Rice Field Unit at Brazoria NWR on July 22, 1997. The module has traveled to assist with prescribed fires at 87 locations, across 15 States and four of the US FWS Regions, totalling over 450,000 acres treated. The module also assist FWS Partners for Wildlife when prescribed burns are needed for habitat projects on private lands, as well as helping local entities in the area, including partners in the Balcones Canyonlands Habitat Conservation Plan (BCP) for hazardous fuels reduction projects and other habitat management needs.


Contact Info: Deborah Holle, (512)339-9432 ext. 10, Deborah_Holle@fws.gov



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