Fire Management

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages fire to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats, while first ensuring human safety and then protecting our facilities and neighboring communities. Prescribed fire and other means maintain and restore vegetation in natural areas while reducing the risk of damaging wildfire to land and property.  

  • Fire Management

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    Controlled burns, or prescribed fires, are ignited by trained wildland firefighters to meet specific management objectives.  On average, nearly 1,200 acres are treated each year at the Refuge.  The majority of prescribed fires at the Refuge are implemented during March through the end of April, however burning occurs throughout the year depending on weather conditions and project requirements. 

  • Mid-Plains Interagency Handcrew

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     The Mid-Plains Interagency Handcrew is a Type II initial attack handcrew. The crew was formed in 2003. The agencies involved with the formation and support of this crew are: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Kansas Forest Service, Hutchinson Community College, and Pueblo IADC. The handcrew has several training opportunities for individuals that need experience to complete taskbooks. The crew becomes available in early June until the end of August. The crew is available nationally and has traveled throughout the West.

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