HOT SHOT 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.

The following pages take a special look at the Los Padres Hot Shots, based near Santa Barbara, California.

GREEN buttons display new pages added in 2006 - featuring 30 new "old" photos.

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FIRE STARTS
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
3
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
9
TIMBER FIRE
10
BLOW-UP
11
FIRE STORM
12
TORCHED
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INITIAL ATTACK-HOSELAY
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RIVER CROSSINGS
15
BLASTING SNAGS
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FIRELINE EXPLOSIVES
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FIRELINE HAZARDS
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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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HELI-TORCH OPS 2004
Los Padres Hot Shots, California 1994

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