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.
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.