Facts about the National Park Service fire program

NPS fire fact sheet

The National Park Service has released a fact sheet about their wildland fire management program. We have some screen captures of portions of the document below — click on them to see larger versions, or you can view the original .pdf on the NPS web site.

Here are a few of the statistics about the NPS fire program:

  • 2 Hotshot crews
  • 1 smokejumper (yes, one smokejumper, at West Yellowstone)
  • 5 wildland fire modules (formerly called prescribed fire or fire use modules)
  • 14 water tenders
  • 160 engines
  • 16 helicopters
  • Fiscal year 2011 preparedness expenditures: $36.1 million
  • Fiscal year 2012 preparedness expenditures: $34.6 million
  • Total managed acres: 84.4 million (compared to 193.0 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service)

NPS fire fact sheet p1

NPS fire fact sheet p2

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “Facts about the National Park Service fire program”

  1. FYI- the information regarding the NPS smokejumper and # of fire modules are no longer correct.

  2. I was curious if the NPS posted data on the structural resources they staff. I’ve had no luck in finding info of any kind about that on any of thier websites.


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