Military Airspace and Deconfliction procedures
Dispatchers are responsible for completing military airspace deconfliction with Clover Control (Military Air Traffic Control Center) before allowing aircraft to fly in or very near military airspace including Military Training Routes (MTR) and Military Operations Areas (MOA). Dispatchers must obtain express permission from Clover Control before firefighting aircraft can enter Restricted Areas (RA) including the UTTR airspace. Clover Control: 801-777-7575 801-777-4390 All contacts to deconflict military airspace or obtain permission to enter restricted areas will be made on a deconfliction of military airspace documentation form. This form will be attached to the flight following log.
When Clover Control is closed (most weekends) deconfliction of MTR’s and MOA’s can be obtained from the Salt Lake Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The Salt Lake ARTCC cannot give permission to enter restricted areas. In this case the aircraft dispatcher may call the Clover Control manager/supervisor at home to arrange for special coordination with the ARTCC to grant permission.
Special Use Airspace
Class B airspace (airspace around busy commercial airports) surrounds the Salt Lake International Airport. All aircraft flying through this area are closely tracked on radar and in constant communication with Air Traffic Control. Air tankers flying our of HIF may be on radar from HIF until the time they are in contact with Air Attack. In these cases, dispatchers should not insist on 15 minute check-in’s as they would most likely be violating sterile cockpit procedures.
Procedures for editing observations and calculating Fire Danger Indices can be found in the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Danger Operating and Preparedness Plan and the WIMS book. It is critical for dispatchers to complete the WIMS procedures in a timely manner (before 1500 hours) so that forecasted indices may be obtained. If the WIMS procedures are not completed before 1500 hours the National Weather Service Office will not be able to enter the predicted weather for the next day-hence no forecasted indices.
Incident Status Summary ICS-209
Type 1 and 2 teams may gain direct access to the 209 database from the Eastern Great Basin Intelligence Coordinator. An ICS-209 will be submitted for all timber fires over 100 acres and all grass fires over 300 acres. Fire use incidents will provide an initial 209 which should be updated only when the incident doubles in size or there are significant activities to report. The 209 will be submitted in a timely manner as specified by Eastern Great Basin Coordination Center or the Great Basin MAC Group.