Wildfire coordination centers in Reno & Salt Lake City to merge; Moving to Utah

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Updated: 9/08/2013 11:03 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wildfire coordination centers in Reno and Salt Lake City will merge and operate out of a new facility in Utah.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say consolidation of the Eastern Great Basin center in Salt Lake City and the Western Great Basin center in Reno is designed to save money and improve response time to wildfires.

Plans call for the new Great Basin Geographic Area Coordination Center to open in Salt Lake City in April.

The centers have been charged with getting resources to wildfires and other hazardous incidents in Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, and small portions of California, Wyoming and Arizona.

BLM spokesman Chris Rose says the consolidation will save $305,000 a year and affect up to five employees in Reno, who will be offered positions at the new center.

Participating entities include the BLM, Forest Service, National Park Service and various state agencies.

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Speed - 9/9/2013 1:24 PM
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How about an interview with the person who came up with this idea? I'd like to hear it explained how moving the Reno facility 600 miles closer to DC will IMPROVE response times. I have my doubts it'll save any money too. These grand ideas always look a LOT better before they're implemented than they do after the REALITIES hit.
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