A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Readout of Secretary Jewell's Visit to Fire Incident Command Posts in Arizona
Office of the Secretary
PEEPLES VALLEY, AZ – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today visited the Incident Command Posts for the Yarnell Fire and Dean Peak Fire in Arizona, where she met with first responders and volunteers. Secretary Jewell thanked them for their service as they work to contain the fires and protect human life and property.
“The men and women who continue to fight the devastating fires in Yarnell and across the West are true heroes, and I'm here on behalf of the Administration to show our support for their work and dedication after this week's heartbreaking tragedy,” said Secretary Jewell. “Interior and Forest Service employees are on the ground helping to fight the Yarnell fire, and we stand ready to provide whatever further assistance the state of Arizona and local communities need to extinguish the blaze and protect lives and property.”
In honor of the 19 firefighters that died on Sunday, Jewell has directed flags to be flown at half-mast at all Interior assets, including national parks, fish and wildlife refuges, and public lands.
Jewell, along with Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze, met with Incident Commanders Clay Templin and Mike Quesinberry where they received a brief update on the efforts of state and local responders to contain the fire and how federal partners – the U. S. Forest Service and Department of the Interior and the Federal Emergency Management Agency– can best support their efforts.
There are currently 60 Department of the Interior personnel supporting the State of Arizona in the coordinated, interagency response to the Yarnell Fire. A Type I Incident Management Team is managing the fire, with support from a National Incident Management Organization team. There are a total of 448 Interagency fire personnel assigned to the incident.
Jewell and Kornze also visited the Incident Management Team for the Dean Peak Fire, which is located about ten miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona. A Type II Incident Management Team is managing the fire in a full suppression strategy.
Overall, about 1,700 Interior personnel are among the more than 5,640 firefighters from the federal family who are currently working in partnership with local and state firefighters to battle fires in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, and California.