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.

A firefighter with a chainsaw readies to cut a tree  while two other firefighters spot nearby.

Saguaro Wildland Fire Module members Ty Crowe, Kevin Norton, and Gabrielle O’Connor, cutting and piling on the thinning project.

Structure Assessments Conducted at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Cohesive Strategy—Fire-Adapted Communities*

The Saguaro Wildland Fire Module spent two weeks in May 2012 at Bryce Canyon National Park, where they participated in the annual Wildland Fire Module Conference. The conference brought together the National Park Service Wildland Fire Modules from the Intermountain Region parks, Saguaro National Park, Bandelier National Monument, and Zion National Park. 

Firefighters collect pine needles in a tarp for removal.

Saguaro Wildland Fire Module members Jay Yancick, Kevin Norton, and Jason Thivener clearing heavy needle cast away from buildings.

During the conference, the modules performed structure assessments and start working on a major fuels thinning project around the buildings. The opportunity for the modules to work together also provided an opportunity for them to coordinate for conducting assessments and fuels thinning projects for parks in the Intermountain Region.

The structure assessment information they have collected will be available on an internal agency mapping website called “InsideMaps” so fire personnel can look up hazard assessment information when responding to a fire in the area.

Contact: Jason Thivener, Saguaro Wildland Fire Module Leader; or David Brothwell, Bryce Canyon Fuels Specialist

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Phone: (520) 733-5167 or (435) 834-4755

*This story supports the Department of the Interior initiatives.