Celebrating Veterans Day with our Veterans Fire Crews!

The Bureau of Land Management is proud to recognize and honor all veterans this Veterans Day.  A special recognition goes out to our veterans working to serve us as firefighters and stewards of our nation’s public lands.

View more photos on of our Veteran Fire Crew.

Watch a video of the BLM and Team Rubicon:

Tennessee wildfires

Please send your thoughts and/or prayers to Eastern Tennessee right now, the wildfires (related to severe drought) that have been burning but somewhat contained for the last month, in the Smoky Mountains, have spread terribly today due to severe windstorms with gusts up to 70 mph in the mountains and 40-50 mph in the towns, there are mandatory evacuations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the towns are basically full of fire and smoke, buildings and cabins are burning down now, power and phone lines down, the National Guard has been called to the area, parts of the interstate highways are closed, there is well over 500 acres of wildfire burning strong in the Smoky Mountains National Park.  We have not had a good real soaking rain in this area in about five months.  It is finally raining a little bit now but still very windy so it’s not helping much yet, hopefully the wind will die down overnight and the rain is supposed to continue and get stronger overnight, but it is a really bad and scary situation right now.  I am in a nearby city not in danger, but I know many people living in these cities, I love these areas and these mountains since I was a child and that is why I am writing this.  Thank you for reading this and thank you for any thoughts/prayers/good vibes you can send, especially for RAIN, good lasting rain.  And for safety and strength for the many MANY firefighters and other first responders involved in this situation.  Thank you.


Nick, Judy as well as the Other first responders help civilians in Sahara square tourist distract, After a fire broke out and engulfed a hotel and a neighboring building. The caused of the fire was a gas leak which injured 80 people.

For those who are wondering. The Tigress that is helping the small bunny is thinking to herself. “So small.” She usually deals with larger Mammals so her big paws have to be extra gentle.