Hi there. I ventured across your website a few weeks ago and wow, what a great resource. I’m dating a hot shot that I met over the winter. He is on an Alaskan Type I crew, the Tazlina Hotshots. I’ve gotten pretty good at getting fire info. on the web, but can’t ever seem to get specific crew assignment info. For instance, he is on one of the Idaho fires right now and I’m trying to maybe find out which one. I think he’s on the Hot Creek or maybe even Cramer or Blackwall fires and I really want to know which one. I’m pretty freaked out after the two deaths and the news is making Idaho sound pretty dangerous right now too. Any suggestions?
Thanks for your time,
Heather in Texas
It is difficult to get specific crew assignment info. The crews let their home unit know where they’re going first, but when they are demobed, they can dispatched somewhere else. Some regions like the SW (Region 3) have a Sit300 that is available to the public in which they list the crews from their region and where they’ve gone (or they think they’ve gone), and the visiting crews that are working in Region 3. Several years ago regions making that info available was more widespread. Things changed 2 years ago for some reason (9/11? too hard to keep up with? too easy to be in error?) Let me check around for the AK info. It may be there in some pdf file.