But as Secretary Vilsack and Jewell stated earlier this week at the National Interagency Fire Center, they do have options in the event the need arises, and they must work closely with state, local and private entities to work together to protect life, property and resources. One of the avenues they have for that is to utilize the contract private fire industry.
One state that has historically seen some of the worst fires in history is Oregon, and
Representative Greg Walden recently stated in a letter he is presenting to the head of BLM and USFS in Oregon,
The private fire industry across the United States has fielded up to 10,000 highly qualified, trained firefighters and over 1800 pieces of firefighting equipment including waterhandling, heavy equipment and other specialty types of resources.
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