Letters from the West

Craters superintendent takes senior fire post at NIFC

Dan Buckley has been named the National Park Service fire director at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

Buckley has served as the superintendent of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in eastern Idaho. Buckley began his career in 1976, serving as a seasonal firefighter at Sequoia National Park. He worked for 16 years there on the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshot Crew, and then later served as the prescribed fire manager at Yosemite National Park and as fire management officer for the national parks in the Bay Area of California.

Before Craters of the Moon, he was the NPS Program Lead for Wildland Fire Operations.

Buckley received an associate degree in science from Cuesta Community College in 1980, and a bachelor’s in journalism/public relations with minors in biology and anthropology from Humboldt State University in 1984.