Lakeview Interagnecy Fire Center To Host Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 2

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261

Lakeview, Oregon – On Monday, June 2, the remodeled Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC), 1000 South 9th St., Lakeview, Oregon, will host an Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will kick off the festivities.

“When it comes to fighting wildfires there is so much more to it than the crews on the front lines,” said Kim Karalus, LIFC’s new Center Manager. “There are a lot of people working behind the scenes: in logistics, planning and resource tracking. I am happy to have this new home base for the employees doing that work. We are all excited to have this opportunity to show the updated facility to the communities we serve.”

During the Open House, the public will get a firsthand look at the process for fighting wildland fires from the initial report, ordering resources, and dispatching personnel and equipment. Engines from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be on hand with crews to explain firefighting techniques and equipment.

In 2013, the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) announced that the Klamath Falls and Lakeview Interagency Fire Centers would be consolidated into one facility located in Lakeview, Oregon. The hard work of many partners and federal agency employees made it possible for the newly refurbished combined fire dispatch center to open for business on April 1, 2014.

“The combined fire dispatch center adds critical depth to dispatch personnel and reduces redundancies created by multiple centers,” said Heather Whitman, Associate District Manager for the BLM Lakeview District. “The primary reason for the consolidation has always been to provide safe, efficient, and effective services to all of our users -- the public, the firefighters, and other stakeholders.”

SCOFMP is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service for approximately 10,000,000 acres in south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. Agencies within the partnership include the BLM; Fremont-Winema National Forest; Klamath-Lake District ODF; Crater Lake National Park; USFWS’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.