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New Flagstaff Area Type 3 Wildfire Incident Management Team Activated Monday

The Flagstaff area has a new Type 3 wildfire incident management team. The new team is led by incident commander Andy Patterson and deputy incident commander Jesse Causer. This is the first year both Patterson and Causer are incident commanders. The team will be made up a core of 20-30 firefighters and will be able to pull from a pool of about 100 people. The majority of the team is made up from people in the area. The team was activated Monday and is ready to respond if a wildfire were to start and grow. Labelling of teams will change starting this year. Once known as Type 1 and Type 2 fire incident management teams, they will now be called CIMT or Complex Incident Management Teams. These groups will be made up of both Type 1 and Type 2 teams combined. Instead of three Type 1 teams, there will be six CIMT teams in the region. One of the main reasons the move was made is to cut down on response times as teams come and go from a fire. Currently all Northern Arizona forests are in moderate fire risk.