Gabbert-1972Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert‘s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of,, and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire.

If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Oh, and by the way, this picture was taken in 1972 when I was on the El Cariso Hot Shots.


Interviews with Bill Gabbert

  • National Public Radio station in Boston, the Here and Now program. The main topic was aerial firefighting. (July 4, 2012)
  • National Public Radio’s The Story hosted by Dick Gordon; a wide-ranging interview. Mr. Gordon got Mr. Gabbert to talk about refusing a fire assignment, managing fires rather than putting them out, the work he did recently in Portugal, air tankers, the state of the 2012 wildfire season, and he prompted him to tell some war stories from early in his career. (September 19, 2012)
  • Progressive Radio Network’s On the Green Front, with host Betsy Rosenburg. The topic was the current state of the 2013 wildfire season and how climate change may be affecting wildland fires. (August 21, 2013)
  • Colorado Matters, with host Ryan Warner on Colorado Public Radio. The program was about the proposals for the state to obtain helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to assist in suppressing wildfires. Mr. Gabbert’s interview is from 7:25 to 14:30. (April 8, 2014)