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W-5 Cold Springs

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BLM Northern CA District
Bureau of Land Management
6640 Lockheed Dr.
Redding, CA 96002

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Nevada Division of Forestry Mobile Kitchen Units (MKU)

W-5 Cold Springs Wildfire
News – 8/20/2020

Beginning in the mid 1980’s, the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) began exploring options to safely and efficiently provide firefighters with nutritious meals while in the field. In 1985, NDF received several Mobile Kitchen Units (MKU) that were excised by the California Department of Forestry to assist with meeting this goal. Though the years, these kitchens have responded to wild land fires and other emergency incidents throughout the State of Nevada, many times being the only access firefighters have to a hot meal. Nevada Forestry now operates 3 mobile kitchen units.

The Nevada Division of Forestry MKU can be set up just about anywhere: schools, fairgrounds, fire stations, community centers, etc.

The MKU is staffed with Nevada Division of Forestry personnel, Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) custody staff, and 15 minimum custody offenders in cooperation with the NDOC.  During this process, these individuals are taught invaluable skills, which helps toward their successful re-integration into society.

The W-5 Cold Springs Fire near Cedarville, CA is the first time that an NDF MKU has been requested to go “off-district” and support an emergency incident in California.