Dave Hannibal

Base Manager at Grayback Forestry


As a Base Manager for Grayback Forestry Inc., one of the largest private prescribed fire and firefighting firms in the nation, Dave oversees 75-100 Wildland firefighters on national and regional contracts as well as their associated service contract workloads from bases in John Day and Seneca Oregon. An active firefighter in many wildland roles in the first half of his career he is still a carded firefighter and an active type one burn boss in prescribed fire. For over 30 years he has worked managing contracts for pre-commercial thinning, hand piling, RX burning, tree planting and a host of other reforestation related work as well as venturing into some small scale logging. Member of Blue Mountains Forest Partners since 2007.

Presentation Topic

Contracting Prescribed Fire

Presentation Description

How much fire are line officers and managers comfortable with and how far can we push that limit? It’s time to change our thinking on a grand scale if we’re to come close to meeting the need. Dave will present an in-depth look at the benefits and challenges of contracting prescribed fire, versus completing the work with in-house teams. He’ll break down the numbers of backlog vs. yearly achievement vs. planned acres, with real-time statistics. Dave will also discuss the types of contracts, day rates, and pros vs cons of full service prescribed burn contracts.