By Friday afternoon there were 1,201 fire personnel fighting the Las Conchas fire. And do not round out that “1.” “That ‘1’ is worth their weight in gold,” said Terry McDermott, Communications and Marketing manager at Valles Caldera. These firefighters are members of six hotshot crews, 27 hand crews and several Type I, II and III crews from all over the country. The Navajo Hot Shots are here, as are crews from Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, California, Oregon and Washington.
The deployment of these teams is coordinated through the Incident Command System; systems created over 30 years ago to train and coordinate all federal and state fire agencies.