U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of the Secretary - U.S. Department of the Interior - www.doi.gov - News Release
Date: Oct. 10, 2008
Contact: Nancy Guerrero

Smokejumpers, Groundpounders, and Hotshots
Interior Museum Hosts Presentation on Wildland Fire

'Tales from Wildland Fires' Features First-Person Accounts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior will host a multi-media presentation on wildland fire prevention and containment, featuring fire-proofing tips for homeowners and first-hand experiences of Interior firefighters, on Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Yates Auditorium of the Main Interior Building. The public is invited to attend this free family event, entitled “Smokejumpers, Groundpounders and Shots – Tales from Wildland Fire” at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

Handling a wildland fire on public lands takes all kinds of people and a concerted effort across governmental agencies. Fire professionals from the sky and on foot combat these blazes and before they go home, many of them "mop up" the containment area, making sure there are no hotspots.

Come hear first-hand experiences from the people on the ground and in the air! This presentation is of interest to a wide variety of people. Are you concerned about wildland fire near your home? If there’s a wildfire on a mountain or grassland near your community, who responds? Did you ever wonder what it is like to leap from an airplane into the face of flames? Does the 20th anniversary of the Fires of Yellowstone make you curious about wildfire then and now? Come to the Department of the Interior auditorium on Saturday, October 18, for answers and stories.

Please join us for this intriguing family event – parents don’t forget your cameras! For more information call 202-208-4743 or visit the website at www.doi.gov/interiormuseum.

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