|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||June 12, 2001|
|Contact:||Dave Simon, National Parks Conservation Association, cell: 505-280-2319|
Board of Inquiry Exonerates Park Service Personnel from Fire Charges
"A few Park Service policies and behaviors needed to change-and they have," said NPCA Southwest Regional Director Dave Simon. "The Cerro Grande fire took a huge toll on the residents of Los Alamos. It also was catastrophic for the Park Service employees principally involved, including some of the finest and most dedicated public servants that I know. The Park Service learned from this event and is unlikely to forget its lesson. Now we need to focus on improving the management of our national parks and forests."
The influence of fire management decisions at Santa Fe National Forest, which may have had a serious impact on events at Cerro Grande, was not assessed by the Board of Inquiry report.