Helicopter Initial Attack
If a fire can't be suppressed by the small initial attack crew, then the IC will order several squads (groups of 5 firefighters) or crews (20 firefighters) to come and assist with the suppression. If the fire gets very large quickly and is threatening valuable natural resources or structures often times a team is called in to manage the fire. A team involves hundreds of people from all over the country working under the Incident Command System (ICS) to help the agency suppress the fire.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.