Published August 25, 2023

Earlier this week, one of Lomakatsi’s restoration forestry crews departed Ashland— transitioning from a full season of thinning and prescribed burning to wildland fire response—to join wildland firefighting efforts on the Smith River Complex North as a 20-person Type 2 Hand Crew. This Complex, burning in northern California and crossing into Oregon on the U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest and U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, has aggressively expanded to over 57,000 acres with 0% containment. The hand crew joined Lomakatsi’s Type 6 Engine Crew that has been assisting with structure protection since Monday, based out of Selma.

Here’s the hand crew early Tuesday morning getting ready to leave the shop.

We’re grateful for the dedication of all our crew members—three of whom are experiencing their first wildland fire assignment since earning their certifications and completing training earlier this year. Our crews joined about 1,600 firefighters, hot-shot crews, and support personnel that are assessing structures for protection needs, improving defensible space, mitigating fuels, and managing burn-out operations.

A big thank you to them, and to all the amazing people working on the front lines to keep communities safe throughout the West. Our thoughts are with every brave person who steps out to the fire line.

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