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Media Advisory



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Host Media Conference Call on the 2013 Wildfire Season Forecast



05/10/2013


USDA Office of Communications: (202) 720-4623
DOI Office of Communications: (202) 208-6416
FEMA Office of Communications: (202) 646 3272
NIFC Office of Communications: (208) 387-5458


WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a media conference call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season and to outline the federal government’s efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire. They will be joined by U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell from FEMA’s U.S Fire Administration and John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center.

This year, significant fire potential is predicted to be above normal in much of the West, including almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon; and portions of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Washington. In 2012, 9.3 million acres of private, state, and federal land, and more than 4,400 structures burned in wildfires. That was the third highest number of acres burned since at least 1960, the earliest date with reliable records.

WHO

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Ernest Mitchell, Administrator of FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration
John Segar, Chairman of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at the National Interagency Fire Center

WHAT

Media call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season

WHEN

Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 1:00 P.M. EDT  

CALL INFO

Audio Bridge Number: 888-455-0739
PASSCODE: FIRE  
Trouble number – 202-720-8560  

All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.                                        

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