USA — The men and women who battled the flames of the first epic wildfire in modern times will gather tonight for the opening of a meeting that will, in part, commemorate their efforts 20 years ago.
All this week, veterans of the Yellowstone National Park fires of 1988 and fire experts from around the country will gather at Snow King Resort for a conference that will look at the past, present and future of wildfire management.
At the event, fire officials will also discuss new federal firefighting guidelines designed to allow managers more flexibility in complex situations.
The conference, called The 88 Fires, Yellowstone and Beyond, starts 6 p.m. today with a look back at 1988 with the incident commanders and area commanders who led efforts to manage the Yellowstone fires.
Tuesday morning, Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis and International Association of Wildland Fire President Chuck Bushey will provide the opening remarks starting at 8 a.m. Immediately following, former Yellowstone Superintendent Bob Barbee and former Lolo National Forest Supervisor Orville Daniels will discuss their roles as the federal officials in charge of coordinating the fire management efforts.
For registration information and a complete program schedule, visit www.iawfonline.org/yellowstone/.