Geothermal Fire Resources
Present, Potentially Affected
- BLM-NV-WN-ES-08-01-1310, NV-020-08-01 (Blue Mountain Geothermal Well Field and Power Plant EA)
- Cameron to Milford-138kV Transmission Line (Cameron to Milford - 138kV Transmission Line Project)
- DOE-EA-1849 (EA for Northern Nevada Geothermal Power Plant Project at McGinness Hills Geothermal Area)
- DOI-BLM-CA-017-05-051 (Basalt Canyon Geothermal Pipeline Project Environmental Assessment and Draft Environmental Impact Report for Geothermal/Well Field)
- DOI-BLM-CA-EA-2002-??? (Glass Mountain Exploration Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for Geothermal/Well Field)
- DOI-BLM-CA-ES-2013-002+1793-EIS (Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project EIS at Long Valley Caldera Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Power Plant)
- DOI-BLM-ID-220-2009-EA-3709 (Raft River Geothermal Drilling Project EA for Geothermal/Exploration)
- DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0001-EA (Coyote Canyon Utilization Project EA for TGP for Geothermal/Power Plant)
- DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0516-EA (EA for Thermal Gradient Holes at Dixie Meadows Geothermal Exploration Project for Geothermal/Exploration, Geothermal/Well Field)
- DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2012-0029-EA (Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Exploration Project EA for Geothermal/Well Field Drilling and Well Testing)
- DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2012-0051-EA (Coyote Canyon South Geothermal Exploration Project EA for Geothermal/Exploration)
- DOI-BLM-NV-CO10-2011-0501-EA (EA for Phase II Production Wells and Thermal Gradient Holes at Patua Geothermal Project for Geothermal/Well Field)
- DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2010-0004-EA (New York Canyon Geothermal Exploration Project EA for Exploration Drilling and Well Testing)
- DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2011-0001-EA (EA of the Leach Hot Springs Geothermal Exploration Project at Grass Valley Geothermal Area for Geothermal/Exploration, Geothermal/Well Field Drilling and Well Testing)
- DOI-BLM-NV-W010–2012–0005–EA (EA for Development Drilling at New York Canyon Geothermal Utilization and Interconnect Project for Geothermal/Power Plant, Geothermal/Transmission, Geothermal/Well Field)
- DOI-BLM-OR-P040-0021-EA (EA for Exploratory Wells at Midnight Point and Mahogany Geothermal Exploration Projects, Glass Buttes, Oregon for Geothermal/Exploration)
- Energy Gateway South (Environmental Impact Statement and Land Use Plan Amendments for the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project)
- Gateway West Transmission Line (Environmental Impact Statement for the Gateway West Transmission Line Project)
- North Steens 230kV Transmission (North Steens 230-kV Transmission Project EIS)
- San Juan Basin EC (San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project Environmental Impact Statement)
- Sigurd Red Butte No2 (Sigurd to Red Butte No. 2 345kV Transmission Project)
- Tehachapi Renewable Transmission (Environmental Impact Statement for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project)
- Transwest Express (Transwest Express Transmission Project Environmental Impact Statement)
- Vantage Pomona Heights (Environmental Impact Statement for the Vanage to Pomona Heights 230kV Transmission Line Project)
Fire emergency plans accompany every geothermal site to decrease collateral, personal, and resource damage. These plans strive to train employees on fire prevention, initial response procedures and how to operate fire extinguishers. Acquiring these skills will help keep employees and site visitors safe.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requires each site to develop a fire management plan, while the United States Forest Service (USFS) mandates Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) to limit activities that would heighten a fire risk. Each IFPL level is outlined below.
- Chainsaws are permitted and a Fire Watch/Security is in effect.
Level 2 or Partial Hootowl
- Power saws, cable yarding, blasting, welding or metal cutting operations are only allowed between the hours of 8pm-1pm
Level 3 or Partial Shutdown
- Cable yarding and power saws are prohibited with few exceptions.
- The following are allowed only between the hours of 8pm-1pm
- Tractors and equipment with blades
- Blasting and spark emitting operations
- Welding and metal cutting
Level 4 or General Shutdown
- All operations are prohibited until further notice
Fire Resources Impacts & Mitigation
Fire types: Wildfires, and electrical and grassland fires have the potential to occur at geothermal sites. Fire prevention and emergency preparation plans can limit the risk of ignition, and also expedite response time in containing and extinguishing a fire. Typical fire mitigation for the following categories may include:
Vehicles on site: All construction equipment is required to have a fire extinguisher, exhaust spark arresters, 5 gallons of water and a shovel. Catalytic converters must be inspected and cleaned on construction vehicles. Personal vehicles and dormant construction equipment are to be parked on existing well pads and existing access roads to prevent vegetation ignition.
Water resources: Water used during construction for dust control is also designated for extinguishing fires.
Employee Behavior: Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas.
Emergency Response: All emergency phone numbers are to be posted in buildings and in vehicles. Geothermal sites must comply with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and USFS area closures.
Welding and Cutting: At least one person is to accompany the welder or metal cutter at the work site to increase emergency reaction time and administer first aid to the welder or metal cutter. Welding and metal cutting operations are prohibited near vegetation.
Slash and Burn: These piles are managed, disposed of and funded by the USFS.