Laguna Hotshot Camp Weather

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Crew back home on R & R

The crew time out on the Rough Fire and is home for some needed rest before our next assignment.
When we left the fire was approximately 70, 000 acres and 25% contained.

Crew video on the Rough Fire by Russell Merritt

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reassigned to the CA-SNF-ROUGH FIRE

The crew is headed back to the Sierra National Forest to the Rough Fire.  Containment has been difficult on the fire due to the extreme steepness of the terrain.  When the crew left this fire back in the start of August, it was 1000 acres.  It is now 30,000 acres.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Assigned to the CA-ANF-Warm Fire

The crew is assigned to the Warm Fire on the Angels National Forest.  The fire is 300 acres in steep terrain.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


The crew is back home and available.

Crew Video of the Rough Fire by Russell Merritt

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Reassigned to the SNF-ROUGH FIRE

The crew has been released from the SNF-Willows fire.  The crew has spent the last few nights conduction firing operations to tie in all lines around the fire.  The crew is now assigned to the Rough Fire.  The fire is 75 acres but is in extreme steep terrain.  Tentative plan is to go indirect and fire out.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crew Video on the Willows Fire

Crew Video on the Willows Fire by Russel Merritt

Reassigned to SNF-Willows Fire

The crew has been released from the Cutca Fire and reassigned to the Willows Fire on the Sierra National Forest.  The fire is 1700 acres and 5% contained.  The fire is in steep rugged terrain.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Crew Video on the Cutca Fire

Cutca Fire, Crew Video by Russell Merritt

Saturday, July 25, 2015


The crew has been assigned to the Cutca Fire on the Cleveland National Forest.  The fire is located on Palomar Mountain and is about 200 acres.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back Home

Crew has been released from the Mill 2 last night and is back home available.

Monday, July 13, 2015

CA-BDF-Mill 2

The crew is assigned to the Mill 2 fire on the San Bernardino National Forest.  The fire is 40 acres and has containment lines around it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sad Loss

I am saddened to share with you the tragic loss of two of our fine firefighters; 

Crew Superintendent Dale Mendes of the Salyer Type 2 IA crew, stationed on the Lower Trinity Ranger District of the Six Rivers NF; and Jason Price who had been hired as a contractor i.e, Administratively Determined (AD) employee, to meet staffing needs for the Salyer Crew.

Sometime after 10 pm on July 8, 2015, Forest Service employees Dale Mendes and Jason Price died in an off-duty motor vehicle accident near Willow Creek, California. Their vehicle was discovered down a steep embankment upside down in the Trinity River directly across from Camp Kimtu Beach Recreation Area. 

Dale started his career with the USFS in 2004 right out of high school, as a GS-3 firefighter on the Ukonom Hotshots. In 2010, through hard work and recognition as an excellent firefighter, he became a GS-8 Captain on this crew. In 2014, Dale became the Salyer Crew Superintendent. 

Jason was recruited by Dale as an AD firefighter. Jason’s first fire was the Bluff Fire that started the 8th of July on the Orleans RD, the day prior to the accident. The Salyer Crew was assigned as an initial attack resource for this incident. Dale and Jason were from the local area and were long-time friends.

The Region mourns with the Six Rivers National Forest the loss of two of its own. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with their family and friends. They will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by the Region, Six Rivers National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service and the local communities that they called home.

Randy Moore
Regional Forester
Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region