Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

View from the air of the Smoky Lake Fire. NPS photo.

Nord au Quebec—US Interagency Crew Helps in Canada

Northeast Region (NPS & USFS)
National Fire Plan, Firefighting*

Timothy Ginger and Adam Day are cleaned up and ready to travel back south. NPS photo.

Acadia National Park's Bryan Daigle got to practice his French during summer 2010 on an international wildland fire assignment. The seasonal fire cache manager grew up in Maine on its border with New Brunswick, Canada. His parents, grandparents and many of his neighbors were bilingual. It had been a while since he had spoken much French, so before he headed out he wisely checked with his mother. She reminded him how to say, "Talk slower;" "I understand;" and," I don't understand." Those phrases helped him to reach out to people, including a group with whom he spoke about defensible space.

The Province of Quebec had a very busy summer fire season and the U.S. lent a hand, or, about 140 pairs of hands, in the form of seven fire crews. The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact facilitated the deployment of six state crews and the USDA Forest Service and National Park Service crew. In July 2010, USDA Forest Service and US National Park Service firefighters assisted the Society for the Protection of Forests against Fire, SOPFEU, in suppressing the Lac Smoky/Smoky Lake Fire which covered more than 140,000 hectares or 346,000 acres.

Firefighter Chris Siwak works on the ground. NPS photo.

The federal crews came from Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest, White Mountain National Forest, Cape Cod National Seashore and Acadia National Park. They all enjoyed the chance to work, learn and share perspectives with their Canadian counterparts. C'etait la bonnne. That was good.

Contact: Barb Stewart, Fire Communication Specialist, NPS Northeast & National Capital Regions
Phone: (434) 220-9065

*This story supports Department of the Interior initiatives.