In light of the government shutdown this week I started thinking, hmmm, how does this affect firefighters, and in particular, our wildland firefighters?
Well, the quick answer is, some wildland firefighters have been sent home, temporarily furloughed without pay, while others continue to work, ready to suppress fires, according to to Bill Gabbert, who writes the Wildfire Today blog.
Bill states that the U.S. Forest Service, in a Contingency Plan written September 20, expects 41 percent of its 32,015 employees to continue to work. This includes 9,800 who are engaged in:
- Fire suppression activities
- Securing and protecting property at field locations including research facilities
- Managing some timber sale contracts
But there's a whole lot more to this story. Read Bill's blog to get the big picture of what's taking place in D.C. and with our (wildland) firefighters.
Have you been affected by the shutdown? Do you see evidence of its impact where you live? Share your thoughts with us. We look forward to hearing from you.