Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Interior Secretary Salazar, and FEMA Administrator Fugate to Host Media Conference Call to Discuss Wildland Fire Season Outlook

Office of the Secretary

WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will host a media conference call to outline the federal government's readiness for the wildland fire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and grasslands across the country. The Secretaries, joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and the National Interagency Fire Center's Ed Delgado, will describe federal capability to respond to wildfires that are becoming more complex, particularly in areas where urban populations are situated near forested areas.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator

Tom Tidwell, Forest Service Chief

Ed Delgado, National Interagency Fire Center
WHAT: Media Teleconference to outline the federal government's readiness for the 2012 wildland fire season.
WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2012

1:00 p.m. EDT
DIAL IN: Members of the news media are invited to call into 888-469-1348

Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)

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.