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Utah State Government Fire Fighting Resources

Lone Peak Conservation Center (LPCC) is a state government program managed by the State of Utah, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

The Center provides the following state government resources:

  • Lone Peak IHC
  • Alta IHC
  • Twin Peaks  Initial Attack Crew (T2IA)
  •  Dromedary Peak Crew (T2IA)
  •  Lone Peak Engines (Type 3)

LPCC resources meet Utah’s statutory fire management responsibilities and assist other states and federal agencies in all wildfire suppression activities and all-hazard incidents that have a Presidential Declaration as defined by the Stafford Act. Resources listed are available for response throughout the United States.

We are ordered through the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center (NUIFC) and operate under the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Fire Management Agreement (CFMA-see above) and associated Annual Operating Plan (AOP-see above). The AOP identifies billing procedures when Utah resources respond out of the state of Utah.

Agencies identified in the CFMA have an agreement to accept the billing rates of each other and to the billing procedures unless otherwise identified in the AOP or by a separate Financial Business Plan. Reimbursements for state employees include all entitlements governed by the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, State Travel Regulations and Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Policy.

At the time of dispatch, each ordered resource will provide to NUIFC, a manifest of assigned individuals, method of transportation and description of vehicles and any other equipment ordered by the incident. A resource order from NUIFC will be placed in ROSS for the state resource.

The initial order is the travel authorization including lodging and per diem as allowed under State of Utah travel rules. Travel costs are not reimbursable when provided by the fire according to the guidelines in the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook. (IIBMH)


The following incident response rates can be used for cost estimates in I-Suite or spreadsheet calculations. These are examples expressed as an hourly rate based on LPCC final invoices sent to ASC and the NOC during the 2018 fire season (SFY 2018/19). Please note: Rates figures per employee include overtime, hazard pay, per diem, lodging, and are averages over all assignment destinations in the 2018 national response

  • Handcrew IHC = $38.00/person hour
  • Handcrew Type 2 IA = $38.00/person hour
  • Engine Type 3 Interface (wet) with crew of 4 = $ 280.00/hour
  • Misc Overhead = $60 – $80.00/hour.

Project field rates are used for fuel management and other natural resources related project work. The following rate includes wages, state benefits, equipment and vehicle cost.

  • Any Personnel = $26.00 /person hour

Contact Preston Ley at (c) 801-573-5798 with any questions.

About Us

Lone Peak Conservation Center (LPCC) is a State of Utah fire management program within the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands – Division of Natural Resources. The center’s name “Lone Peak” refers to the wilderness area and mountain peak east of our offices in the heart of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Our base of operation is Draper, Utah in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley.

LPCC was initially formed in 1978 to provide outside rehabilitative work for inmates at the Utah State Prison and to meet forestry and fire control statutory responsibilities. Funding constraints, new standards for security, and additional levels of certification for worker safety required a shift away from an inmate workforce.

In 2000, LPCC expanded its professional fire management service, by organizing several state agency fire crews and created a college internship for wildland firefighters. This new strategy complimented the National Fire Plan’s efforts to reduce fire hazards in the wildland urban interface and improve forest health through the Healthy Forests Initiative.

Today, LPCC hires more than 100 employees to fight wildfires, reduce hazards to communities at risk of fire, and improve forest health. Crews include the Lone Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), Alta IHC, Twin Peaks Initial Attack Crew, Dromedary Peak Fuels Crew, and the Lone Peak Engines.

Natural resource and fire management projects are an integral part of LPCC. All crews are expected to complete project assignments when not engaged in fire suppression. Crews set up field camps for up to 8 days. Camps can be remote and provide only primitive living conditions. Project work is scheduled for each crew particularly during the shoulder months of the fire season (spring and fall) providing the best opportunities for this type of work. Fire crews must take all of their fire equipment to these camps and remain “on call” for any fire assignment. Fitness and a healthy diet are important during the off-season and mandatory during the fire season. Crew members are encouraged to keep up a regimented fitness program during the winter months. The wildland firefighter profession attracts individuals that enjoy testing their endurance and a fondness for out of door activities.

Lone Peak also provides a firefighter internship program with Utah Valley University (UVU) to teach and employ students enrolled at UVU’s Fire and Rescue Academy. Students can earn up to 15 college credit hours during the summer when enrolled and assigned to any of our program resources. This engaging learning opportunity applies the UVU classroom fundamentals to the front lines of wildland firefighting.


 Another unique aspect about LPCC is we sponsor two IHC’s. These two specialized crews are highly skilled resources that are listed in the National Mobilization Guide. These crews represent a small portion of the federally dominated hotshot community.



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