Who Are The Hotshots? A Wildland Firefighting Primer

National Geographic: The 19 firefighters who lost their lives battling a raging wildfire in central Arizona on Sunday were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew of U.S. wildfire firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Hotshot crews-there are roughly 107 in the U.S.-consist of 20 firefighters who have been specifically trained to respond to fires in remote regions with little or no logistical support. "In the world of wildland firefighting today, the hotshot crews are similar to the Special Forces......

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