Tobin Smail is the LANDFIRE program fuels lead at the Fire Modeling Institute, in the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke program of RMRS.
Tobin’s experience consists of seasonal fire fighter for the Helena National Forest from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he accepted a fire and fuel co-op position with the Forest Service through 2004. During that time, he started with Logan Hotshots Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and then became a fire and fuels specialist with Lolo National Forest. From 2004 through 2005 Tobin detailed to the Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office and to the Forest Service Region 1 Regional Office in fire planning and GIS. From 2005 to 2022, Tobin worked on the LANDFIRE program's fire and fuels team at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) Fire Sciences Lab, Missoula, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Portland, and as a government contractor for KBR to the USGS EROS Data Center Sioux Falls.
Away from work, Tobin enjoys swimming, biking, running in the summer, and skiing in the winter.