Reno wildfire coordination center merges with Utah

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Wildfire coordination centers in Reno and Salt Lake City will merge and move to a new facility in Utah.

The consolidation will save about $305,000 a year and improve response time in getting resources to wildfires and other incidents, according to Bureau of Land Management spokesman Chris Rose.

Currently, the centers are responsible for organizing resources for fires in Nevada, Utah, and Southern Idaho, as well as small portions of California, Wyoming and Arizona.

The decision is the result of a study by the participating agencies which considered issues such as safety to the public and firefighters, proximity to other offices and an airport and overall efficiency.

The new Great Basin Geographic Area Coordination Center is projected to be up and running by April 2014.