A champion firefighter as part of the Vale Interagency Hotshot crew, Lydia captured some amazing photos and video during the historic KNP Complex Fire in the Sequoia National Park in the fall of 2021.
More from the Vale Hotshots courtesy of their site:
The Vale Interagency Hotshot crew is a fire suppression crews that can be dispatched nationally and internationally to fires and other disasters. When not assigned to an incident Hotshot crews train and provide a workforce to accomplish management objectives while maintaining availability for incident mobilization. Our Hotshot crew consist of 20-25 diverse, motivated, intelligent, and physically fit individuals. We travel as a crew from early May through October to assist wildland fire suppression efforts. Because of this crewmebers work, eat, and sleep together and must work as a team to be able to adapt to an ever changing environment. The Crews season runs form the beginning of May through the first of October, but can be extended depending on the severity of the fire season. Individuals can expect to spend most of these months away from home, and sometimes out of communication with family and friends. We can be gone up to 21 days at a time with 2 days off. Shifts normally last up to 16 hours, but can be extended due to critical fire operations. All crew personel carry packs weighing up to 45 pounds, and hike in rough steep terrain for several miles to reach our job site. The Vale Hotshots firmly believe physical conditioning, training and good comunication by all is directly related to safety on the fire line, and our physical training program is demanding.
The Vale District is host for the Vale IHC located in the city or Vale in Eastern Oregon. Located in south east Oregon 75 miles west of Boise Idaho.Vale Hotshots website at https://www.nifc.gov/about-us/our-partners/blm/blm-crews/vale-hotshots