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Lakeview Interagency Fire Center opens for business

Approximately one year after the initial announcement of a new joint facility consolidating South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership dispatch centers, the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) is now open for business as of Tuesday, April 1.

The new LIFC provides dispatch services for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Crater Lake National Park, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex and local fire districts.

“The primary reason to consolidate into one dispatch center has always been to provide safe, efficient and effective services to the public, firefighters, and stakeholders,” said E. Lynn Burkett, District Manager for the Lakeview BLM. “We have met our goal to have the new combined Interagency Dispatch Center staffed and ready for the 2014 fire season.”

With the USFS and BLM expecting a busy fire season, the facility being fully operational by April was a primary goal.

An open house event is planned for stakeholders and the community on Monday, June 2, from 3-5 p.m. at  LIFC. Information on wildlife fire operations, inter-agency communications, and fire suppression resources will be presented.

Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day in partnership with 911 emergency services to respond to wildfires. To report a wildfire, please call 541-947-6315 or 911.

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