At least one of the first crews carrying the name “hotshots” grew out of a former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. The CCC was a work relief program (1933-1942) that employed young men primarily in natural resource conservation projects. However, CCC members were also utilized for fire suppression operations, marking the first time that standing crews had been established for this purpose.
As of 2013 the number of IHCs had grown to 110, with crews employed by the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal programs.
With an uptick in wildfires in our country over recent years, these hotshot crews are needed more than ever. We thank our lucky stars there are these brave individuals who are prepared to step forward and engage the fires directly to keep nature, communities, and lives safe.