North Central Valley Fire Management Zone
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About the North Central Valley Fire Management Zone
The California North Central Valley Fire Management Zone is headquartered at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Willows, California. The program provides fire management services for the Sacramento NWR, Delevan NWR, Colusa NWR, Sutter NWR, Sacramento River NWR, Stone Lakes NWR Red Bluff Field Office, Coleman National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and Livingston Stone NFH. The fire program emphasizes fire suppression, prevention, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed fire.
The Zone's fire management mission is to provide a team approach to safe, efficient, and professional fire management program while protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat.
The Sacramento NWR Complex Fire Management Staff is stationed at the Sacramento NWR. The staff includes: Fire Management Officer, Assistant Fire Management Officer, Station Managers (2) Fire Engine Operators (2), Lead Firefighters (2) and Temporary Firefighters (2).
The fire program operates with two Type-3 engines, one Type-6 fire engine and one water tender. The fire staff participates on interagency incident management teams, refuge fire responses, off-unit assignments across the Nation, interagency prescribed fire operations and interagency training assignments. The zone treats an average of 1,200 to 1,800 acres a year for range of resource objectives including hazardous fuels reduction, community protection and habitat enhancement.
The fire staff is augmented by a strong contingent of collateral duty fire qualified personnel. Approximately 15 staff members from biologists, law enforcement, equipment operators and refuge managers assist with wildfire support and prescribed fire operations.