Short bio for Rick Ochoa
Rick Ochoa – National Fire Weather Program Manager, Office of Fire & Aviation, Bureau of Land Management, National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho.
Rick Ochoa began his career 1976 when he worked part-time as a cooperative education student at NOAA's Environmental Research Laboratories in Boulder, CO and later as a meteorologist intern with the National Weather Service Office in Phoenix. He worked from 1983-1991 as a fire weather forecaster at NWS offices in Sacramento and Boise and from 1991-2001 as the NWS Staff Meteorologist to NIFC. In 2001, Rick began his BLM career as the National Fire Weather Program Manager and he also serves in the National Interagency Coordination Center's Predictive Services Unit.