Interagency Hotshot Crew's Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Interagency Hotshot Crew is to provide a safe, professional, mobile and highly skilled handcrew for all phases of fire management and incident operations.
The purpose of the Eastern and Western Great Basin Interagency Hotshot Crew's website is to give individuals information and some insights as to what we do and what it takes to be part of one of our hotshot crews. This is not an official government website and is funded solely by private donations. The intentions are not to disrespect any other agencies, rather to give more specific details and to provide a central location for hiring outreach notices for the crews associated with the Eastern and Western Great Basin area.
Geographic area of Eastern and Western Great Basin:
The Great Basin Geographic Area (.pdf) which has two Geographic Area Coordination Centers. The Eastern Great Basin Coordination Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and The Western Great Basin Coordination Center located in Reno, Nevada.
The Eastern Great Basin Coordination Center is the focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the Geographic Area. Located in Salt Lake City, UT, the Center also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related products for use by the wildland fire community for purposes of wildland fire and incident management decision-making. EGBCC's area of responsibility includes: Utah, Idaho south of the Salmon River, the western Wyoming mountains and the Arizona Strip.
The geographic boundary for the Western Great Basin Coordination Center includes the State of Nevada except for the northwest portion of the Sheldon-Hart Wildlife Refuge and Susanville BLM, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lands in Nevada and California, and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada and Arizona. Primary Federal, State and other cooperating agencies include the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Topography and fuels:
The fuels and topography of the Great Basin area vary drastically and present many challenges for wildland fire suppression. The lower elevations of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho can be extremely hot during the summer months and are characterized by grass and brush fuels that can support large and rapid growth of fires. The higher elevations of the region are characterized by heavily timbered slopes containing a variety of pines and subalpine forests.
Typical fire season:
A typical fire season in the Great Basin begins in late May and will begin to diminish by late September. Lower elevation can begin to see fire activity increase in April with the potential for small fires well into the fall months. Fire potential in the region will shift throughout the summer months from the southern portion of the area to the northern portion, usually peaking in activity in July and August. The ten year average of acres burned for the entire Great Basin area is more than 1.2 million acres. Of the largest fires on record, 1/4 of those occurred within the Great Basin area. State and Federal agencies also treat more than 30,000 acres with prescribed fire each year. The varying fuels and topography make the basin a very active and complex region for wildland fires.