The cost to bring in an incident team to manage the Imperial Sand Dunes for the New Year's holiday weekend could top $500,000.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will pay $425,000 for salaries and equipment for the four-day weekend, said Bruce Shaffer, BLM associate California Desert District manager. That number does not include salaries and equipment for the Imperial County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Border Patrol.
The Sheriff's Office and the Border Patrol are paying for their own officers, Shaffer said. Information from the Sheriff's Office and the Border Patrol's search, trauma and rescue BORSTAR team was not yet available.
The management plan for the incident team, Operation Imperial Dunes, listed the dates of coverage from Dec. 27-Jan. 2.
The BLM will pay about $303,000 in total salaries for the holiday weekend, Shaffer said. He gave a breakdown of the agencies and the approximate salaries the bureau is paying: