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Yellowstone Helitack

Helitack Chase Rig
The helitack's chase rig prepared for initial attack.
The Yellowstone helitack crew is made up of seven members. The program is overseen by the Fire Management Officer, Phil Perkins. The person responsible for suppression is Andrew Mitchell, the Wildfire Specialist. Working directly for him is Wendy Hafer, the Helitack Foreman. She in turn supervises the crew members that are hired seasonally to fight fire in Yellowstone Park.
2001 helitack crew
2001 Helitack Crew

Back Row: R.C. Martin, Pilot Dan Williamson, Dispatcher Morris Bray, Dan Krapf, Ralph Moran, Blake Chartier; Front Row: Jeff Jackson, Wendy Hafer.

Did You Know?

Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.