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Kamiah School Board Print E-mail

Moffett awarded for loyal service

     The Kamiah School Board held its regular meeting on Monday evening, July 18 at the high school library and discussed a few topics of interest.

     The first issue that was addressed was from a concern that surfaced at last month’s meeting about the possible racial ties to the words “Kamiah Kub Kountry.”

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Firefighters ready to battle blazes Print E-mail

Fire staff insure preparedness at all levels

     The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are fully staffed with 238 fire personnel; 197 of those are primary firefighters.  Impressive, but are they really ready?  To answer that question, Fire Staff on the forest spend time with fire personnel on each district, helitack crew, and area smokejumpers insuring that they are prepared and ready for the upcoming fire season.

     Preparedness reviews can cover a variety of topics such as an individual firefighter evaluation, individual training, communication of leader’s intent to all crew members, handling, use, and maintenance of tools, and the distribution and use of proper personal protective equipment.

     Brandon Skinner, Assistant Fire Management Officer on the North Fork Ranger District introduced his available staff to Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer, Kevin Chaffee during their recent review.  Not all members of the North Fork crew were available as some were already on assignment assisting firefighting efforts off forest. Those in attendance included three permanent and three seasonal employees.  All were returning crew members with the exception of Jeffery Vredevoogd, a rookie from Arizona.

     Vredevoogd established the readiness of the North Fork crew by promptly answering a series of questions beginning with the timely completion of required training and finishing with a confident yes when asked if he understood the roles and responsibilities of leaders and crew members.

     Required training for a rookie firefighter begins with Guard School.  Guard school, a week-long course, is the first opportunity for firefighters to learn and understand aspects of fire behavior, the role weather plays, how fire teams are structured, and how incident command systems work.  Returning crew members and other district personnel who participate in fire suppression activities complete an annual refresher course.  Other required training includes First Aid and CPR training, the proper use of all personal protective equipment, and the use and handling of a variety of hand, firing, and power tools.

     Every firefighter is issued a fire shelter, a device shaped like a dome or pup tent and used if a firefighter is trapped by a wildfire.  It is designed to reflect radiant heat, protect against convective heat, and trap breathable air.  During the review, crew members must explain techniques to inspect their issued shelter to insure, that if needed, it will perform as desired.  Firefighters must also describe or demonstrate how they would determine where to deploy their shelter.

     Part of the preparedness review includes the proper storage and use of the variety of tools used by wildland firefighters. This is the responsibility of all the district’s fire crew members. During the review, crew members are asked to retrieve hand tools from the district’s cache and show that they are in good working order, demonstrate safe use and proper sharpening and maintenance. An improperly stored tool or poorly maintained tool can be a hazard to the user and those around them.

     It is the responsibility of supervisors to meet with employees and provide pre-season expectations.  During the review forest fire staff insure that crew member’s roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and that all members understand the chain of command.  Defining expectations, roles, and responsibilities allows both the employee and the supervisor to focus on their respective tasks in an emerging incident.

     Firefighter and public safety are the Forest Service’s top priority in wildland fire management and the agency’s goal is for every firefighter to come home safely from every assignment. Insuring every unit is prepared for the upcoming fire season is another step to provide the tools and skills for success.

 
Project to close Forest road Print E-mail

Culvert replacement work on Beaver Creek Road 

     The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, in coordination with Potlatch Corporation and the Idaho Department of Lands, will be replacing culverts along USFS Road 247 (Beaver Creek) starting Monday, July 25. The road will be closed to through traffic at differing locations along the road while the culverts are being replaced.

     At that time, a detour will be provided by accessing USFS Road 246 (Scofield) and Browns Rock, a Potlatch Corporation road.  The detour will begin at Headquarters and end at Camp 14, Junction of USFS Road 680 (Sheep Mountain) and USFS Road 247 (Beaver Creek).

     This detour will remain in place for approximately three weeks while deep culverts in the proximity of milepost 4 are being replaced.  Following the culvert replacements in the proximity of milepost 4 shorter detours along USFS Road 247 will be provided for the remaining culvert replacements.

     The culvert replacement project is expected to last into mid-September.

     For more information, contact Travis Mechling, North Zone Engineer, at (208) 476-8210.

 
Popular campground closed Print E-mail

Crooked River campground temporary closure

     Crooked River #4 campground, located on the Red River Ranger District along Road #233, will be closed from July 18 through July 29.  The closure will allow the campground to be used by an administrative crew assisting with the Orogrande Fuels Reduction Project.

     The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has other sites available in the area and encourages visitor use in those areas.

     A copy of the order is posted at the district office in Elk City, and at the Supervisor’s Office in Kamiah.  For more information regarding the closure, please contact Tom Mcleod, Red River Ranger District, (208) 842-2117.

 
The Great Outdoors Print E-mail

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Family time on the water and in the woods - Donny Massey and his daughter Raina raft the Selway River. Robert Millage and his family, including Jim and Amy Wimer and their kids along with Brett Raymond, all from Kamiah, enjoyed a trip on the river over the 4th ofJuly. Photo by Robert Millage

 

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