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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Host Media Conference Call on the 2013 Wildfire Season Forecast

Washington, May 10, 2013 – On Monday, May 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a media conference call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season and outline the federal government’s efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire. They will be joined by Chief Ernest Mitchell, U.S Fire Administrator from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.

This year, significant fire potential is predicted to be above normal in much of the West, including almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon; and portions of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.  In 2012, 9.3 million acres of private, state, and federal land, and more than 4,400 structures burned in wildfires.  That was the third highest number of acres burned since at least 1960, the earliest date with reliable records.

Monday, May 13, 2013

1 p.m. EDT
WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a media conference call to provide an outlook for the 2013 fire season and outline the federal government’s efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire. They will be joined by Chief Ernest Mitchell, U.S Fire Administrator from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.

PRESS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT ACCESS:                                    

Audio Bridge Number: 888-455-0739  

PASSCODE: FIRE (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.

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