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The Lone Peak Hotshots are a nationally recognized Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), based out of the Lone Peak Conservation Center, in Draper, Utah. Established in 2001 under cooperative partnership between the United States Forest Service Region 4 and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Lone Peak Hotshots replaced the Flame-in-go Hotshots (FIG’s).

With the new agreement in place, the Lone Peak Hotshots became the first all civilian, state sponsored, interagency hotshot crew in the nation. Operating under this agreement, Lone Peak is held to all of the national IHC standards that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hotshot crews must follow. Two notable differences from other hotshot crews are: Lone Peak IHC must be available nationally for dispatch 180 days each year and seasonal employees may work up to 12 months each season.

Each year Lone Peak’s season starts with two weeks of critical training from mid April to the beginning of May. After completing at least 80 hours of critical training and a complex base review, the crew will go available for national dispatch around May 1st. Once available the crew will stay available for assignments until the end of October.

Wildland fire suppression is the number one priority of the Lone Peak Hotshots, but additional work includes fuels reduction and natural resources based projects. This additional work allows the crew to remain in top operating condition during slow times of the fire season. The crew operates with twenty-three crew members and opportunities for detailers are available. Eight permanent full time staff members provide supervision to fifteen seasonal crew members each fire season.

Lone Peak IHC is an integral part of a large number of wildland firefighting resources operating out of the Lone Peak Conservation Center (LPCC). With all the resources using the same equipment and operating under very high standards, cross training opportunities are common. In addition to training, Lone Peak IHC draws employees from these other resources to fill positions that may come open during the fire season. During the off season, Lone Peak IHC’s turn-over rates are generally low, making the hiring of new crewmembers very competitive.

Since the inception of the Lone Peak Hotshots, the crew has developed into a professional and respected resource in the fire community. Everyday strides are made to improve not only the crew but the LPCC program as a whole. If you have any questions for the Lone Peak Hotshots, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Superintendents of the Lone Peak Hotshots:

  • Darren O’Loughlin: Present
  • Kris Bruington: 2011 – 2015
  • Donny Bennett: 2010
  • Mathew Armantrout: 2006 – 2009
  • Joel Butcher: 2005
  • Scott Bovey: 2001-2004
  • Scott Bovey: 2000 (Flame-N-Go Hotshots)
  • Gary Peck: 1994- 1999 (Flame-N-Go Hotshots)
  • Tracy Dunford: 1989 – 1993 (Flame-N-Go Hoshots)
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