New Fire Chief Announced on the Six Rivers National Forest

Release Date: Nov 8, 2010  

Contact(s): Julie Ranieri, Public Affairs (707) 441-3673, Peggi Lawrence (707) 441-3517

[Photograph]:  Michael Minton, new Six Rivers National Forest Fire Chief.

Eureka, CA, November 8, 2010 – Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley announces that Michael Minton is the new Six Rivers National Forest Fire Chief.  Minton replaces Kent Swartzlander who is retiring from his position at the end of the year. Minton, who performed as the Deputy Forest Fire Chief since 2006, brings a broad diversity of skills and knowledge to the position. Some of Minton's previous experience includes working for the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon National Park and working for the Bureau of Land Management on the Northern District of California.

“With the quantity of precipitation we have received, we are reducing our fire suppression resources for the winter season,” said Minton. The 2010 fire season brought only 35 fires for 14 total acres burned to date on the Forest. “This was significantly fewer fires and acres burned than normal, given the trend set over the last 12 years. We would not expect a repeat of this next year,” continued Minton. Fire suppression resources are now focusing their efforts on prescribed burning to treat the excessive fuel loading across the Forest.

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