Local BLM office transfers wildland fire equipment to local partners

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BLM Fire Management Officer Clark Maughan provides donated handheld radios to Blanding Fire Chief Corey Spillman. Courtesy photo

The Bureau of Land Management Canyon Country Fire Zone recently transferred 11 handheld radios to three local fire departments under the BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness program, according to the BLM.

The program provides essential wildland firefighting equipment to local firefighting partners at no cost, which aids in updating equipment and eases operating costs to local citizens.

The Canyon Country District Office based in Moab provided five radios to San Juan County Volunteer Fire Department, four to the Blanding City Fire Department and two to the Thompson Springs Special Service Fire District. Local fire agencies often use radios that operate on different frequencies.