BLM and Forest Service Agency Information

The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center (EIIFC), located in Idaho Falls, was established in the spring of 1995 after a five year planning effort. Participating agencies include the Forest Services's Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management's Idaho Falls District. EIIFC is reponsbile for fire coordination of over 7.5 million acres of public lands, encompassing 21 other counties within four states, including Southeastern Idaho, Southern Montana, Western Wyoming and Northern Utah.

The Fire Center has initial attack responsibilities for all of Southeast Idaho from Montana to Utah and Wyoming to Craters of the Moon. This includes over 9 million acres of BLM, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, State and Reservation lands. EIIFC also provides assistance to city, county, tribal, and other governmental agencies. EIIFC averages about 150 fires a year with an average of about 54,000 acres burned a year. This is of course the average. Busy years such as 2000 and 2006 you could see anywhere from 310,000 acres burned and up to 260 fires.




The Forest Service has 76 firefighters, 14 engines throughout Eastern Idaho and one 20-person handcrew named "Centennials" in Island Park in their program. There are also 2 helicopters for the Fire Center's use, one located in Pocatello and the other located in Swan Valley. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest makes up over 3 million acres. For more information about the Caribou-Targhee National Forest visit

North Zone (Island Park, Ashton and Dubois)
Jeff Hill

Portneuf Zone (Pocatello and Malad)
Greg Burch

South Zone (Driggs and Swan Valley)
Spencer Johnston

Bear River Zone (Soda Springs and Montpelier)
Garth Alleman






The BLM manages more land--approximately 253 million acres-than any other Federal agency. The land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's muilple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The Idaho Falls District Fire Program has fire suppression responsibilities for Challis, Salmon, Idaho Falls and Pocatello Field Offices. The total BLM acreage within this district is 3,702,169 acres. The District covers: from the Utah/Idaho boarder heading north to Montana; Salmon to Challis to the west; and Wyoming border on the east. The west end of the district is just past American Falls.

The district has 120 firefighters staffing up to 21 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 dozers, and 1 Interagency Hot Shot crew. Also included on the district is the Pocatello Air-tanker Base with an air attack platform. During the fire season, air-tankers and other support positions are located at the tanker base as needed. The fire program has experienced overhead including a Type 1 Operations Chief, Type 1 Safety Officer, Type 1 Burn Boss, and several Division Supervisors and Type 3 Incident Commanders. We operate 5-person Type 4 Engines (heavies), and 3-person Type 6 Engines (lights). Our engine crews are also used to fill in on the Snake River Hotshot Crew, located in Pocatello.

The program also has a busy and proactive fuels program with Prescribed Fire Burn Bosses, Ignition Specialists, Fuels Specialists and Fuels Technicians. The fuels program keeps firefighters busy with thinning and prescribed fire activities.
Also included within the program is one of the best Prevention/Education Mitigation programs in the state. They are responsible for working with local fire departments, investigating human started fires, and educating the public on fire prevention and fire safety.

For more information about the Idaho Falls District BLM visit

Idaho Falls
Richard Zimmerman

Dan Zajanc

Jeff Knudson

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