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Thursday, October 10 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Thursday General Session - Taming a Force of Nature: Wildland Fire Management

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In the event of a disaster such as a wildfire, leadership for emergency management is assumed and maintained by local government officials. However, due to differences between the structures of the many state, federal, and other response agencies involved in response and recovery efforts, a standardized system for communication, command, and control is required.
This is where Incident Command System (ICS) comes in and which Evans Kuo works within on a near daily basis. Evans has served on Great Basin Incident Management Teams for the last XX years, most recently serving as Incident Commander on XXX . Last year he was involved in the Pole Creek Fire in Utah. Through this system Evans works cooperatively with multiple agencies, both within and outside of government, to organize and coordinate response activities without compromising the decision-making authority of local command. Evans position ensures that the most pressing needs are met, and that precious resources are used without duplication or waste.
This presentation will draw on Evans' many years of working experience in Fire Operations for the US Forest Service to explain approaches to wildland fire management. This will include explaining wildfire management teams, coordination during and after fires, and fire assessment teams. The presentation will identify ways that local and state organizations can coordinate with federal teams to improve communications and reduce risk and conflicts during and after a fire.


Evans Kuo

US Forest Service
Evans Kuo is a Type 1 incident commander with the U.S. Forest Service. As the top boss of many wildland blazes, his job is to be in control of all aspects of these complicated struggles and his strategy is simple, but serious. "Our first and foremost goal is what we call life first... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Opera House