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BLM fire camp preps women for wildfire line

VALE – Women interested in a career of fighting wild fires will have a chance to test the waters through an up-coming opportunity.

A Women in Wildland Fire boot camp will take place over two weekends in October, the Vale Bureau of Land Management announced last week.

“This is an opportunity for women to dip their toes in the world of fire,” said Cassandra Fleckenstein, manager for the Vale BLM dispatch center.

Last summer, Fleckenstein attended a similar camp hosted by the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico which inspired the idea for the upcoming camp, she said. Fleckenstein was unaware of any such camps hosted by the BLM.

Creating a more diverse workplace has been “a challenge” for the BLM across the country and camps like this one are “a good tool” for adding to gender diversity . . .