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Bureau of Land Management starts construction on wildland fire station near Bruneau

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 13:19:52-05

BRUNEAU, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced they have started construction of a new wildland fire station about 1.5 miles southwest of Bruneau.

The new Bruneau Guard Station will replace the nearby existing station. The BLM says the existing station is being decommissioned after 37 years due to outdated facilities needing extensive repairs.

"This fire station will keep our crews and equipment strategically located close to potential wildfires and improve our firefighting effectiveness,” said BLM Boise District Fire Management Officer Russ Babiak. “It will also have our personnel living among the communities who face the risk of wildfires and allow us to build stronger relationships with the public we serve.”

The work will be done in two phases, the first of which started earlier this month. The first phase includes the construction of new crew living quarters and site development for the fire station.

The second phase will be the building of the station itself and is expected to begin later this year. All facilities are expected to be complete by June 2022.

"Building this new station enhances the BLM’s mission to protect life, property and natural resources from the threat of wildland fire and shows our commitment to providing professional wildfire response to the local area,” said BLM acting Bruneau Field Manager T.J. Clifford.

Phase one construction work is being done by C-2 Construction Inc. based out of Mountain Home.