Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Firefighters in front of a structural fire engine.

Students and instructors from Amarillo City Fire Department, Randall County Fire Department, Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. NPS.

NPS Provides Training to Structural Fire Departments and US Fish and Wildlife Service

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas
Cohesive Strategy—Response to Wildfire*

2011 was a busy year for Amarillo City Fire Department (FD) and Randall County FD as several large fires impacted the suburbs of Amarillo, TX.  Seventy homes were destroyed and 26,000 acres burned. Since this event the structural fire departments have sought out wildland fire training and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (NRA) has provided many hours training firefighters in the local communities.

In June 2013, two classes were taught to firefighters from Amarillo City Fire Department, Randall County Fire Department and Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. These two courses, in conjunction with prior training from the National Park Service, increased the wildland fire knowledge of responding firefighters.

Lake Meredith NRA is recognized as the best trained and experienced wildland fire crew in the Texas Panhandle. The local fire departments are grateful for the training and opportunities the park provides to them to increase their wildland skills. As a result, the local communities will be better protected from these trained firefighters.

Contact: Bruce Fields, Fire Management Officer, Lake Meredith NRA

E-mail: bruce_fields@nps.gov

Phone: (806) 865-3360

*This story supports the Department of the Interior initiatives.