HOTSHOT CREWS
About 130 hot shot crews are based in the United States. They travel great distances to reach the front lines of wildfires burning anywhere in the U.S. and beyond, including Alaska and Hawaii and Canada. Driving 'crew buggies', two squads of 10 crewmembers each is self contained, outfitted with the tools, gear, food and water they need to dig in for the duration. Extended attack is where their fireline effectiveness is unmatched. This a special look at the Los Padres Hot Shots of Santa Barbara, California, during my years on the crew from 1993-1995. The final four pages follow the Snake River Hotshots and Bonnevile Hotshots battling Idaho fires in 2012.
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FIRE STARTS
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
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L.C.E.S.
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ON THE FIRELINE
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NIGHT RIDERS
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HOURS BEFORE DAWN
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DAYBREAK
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LINING OUT
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TIMBER FIRE
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BLOW-UP
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FIRE STORM
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TORCHED
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INITIAL ATTACK-HOSELAY
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RIVER CROSSINGS
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BLASTING SNAGS
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FIRELINE EXPLOSIVES
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 1
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 2
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 3
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 4
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RETURN TO BASE
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SALUTE TO SUPE LINANE
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 5
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 6
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 7
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 8
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 9
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 10
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 11
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HOT SHOT GALLERY # 12
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2012 - HOTSHOTS IN IDAHO # 1
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2012 - HOTSHOTS IN IDAHO # 2
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Los Padres Hot Shots, California 1994
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