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Monday, July 2, 2012
Incident Management Team To Help Manage Mark Twain National Forest Wildfires
Rolla, MO– USDA Forest Service’s Eastern Area Type 2
Incident Management Team has been brought in to assist managing Mark
Twain National Forest wildfires.
The incident management team is composed of experienced federal, state,
and local fire and emergency response personnel from 20 states in
Forest Service’s Eastern Region, which stretches from Missouri north to
the Great Lakes states east to Delaware and up to Maine.
Mark Twain National Forest experiences on average 5,000 to 6,000 acres
of wildfires annually, mostly in fall and late winter/early spring. This
year, however, severe drought has created extreme fire conditions on
the forest and across Missouri.
Given current fire conditions, predicted hot and dry weather in the
days ahead, and no precipitation in the forecast, additional resources,
including the incident management team, were ordered. The team will
assist Mark Twain National Forest, as needed, during this high fire
danger period, ensuring that firefighting resources are managed
effectively, and timely and accurate information is provided.