Our Fire Organization

The Interagency Fire Management Organization maintains 8 fire stations with 9 engines, 7 fire prevention patrol units, 2 water tenders, a 10-person hand crew, a 20-person hotshot crew, air tanker reload base and a helitack base.  All of our resources are considered "National Resources" and could be sent to a fire or other emergency anywhere in the United States or around the world. 

From north to south, our fire resources are:

Topaz Station

The Topaz Station is located just south of the California/Nevada border on US Highway 395. Located at this station is one Type 3 wildland engine (BLM) with a five-person crew. This engine works closely with fire resources from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts.

Mono Basin Station

Located just north of Mono Lake on Lundy Canyon Road, the Mono Basin Station is home to two Type 3 wildland engines, one BLM and one FS.

Lee Vining Ranger Station

In the town of Lee Vining, the ranger station hosts two fire prevention patrol units, a District Fire Management Officer and an Assistant District Fire Management Officer.

Gull Lake Station

Located on the shores of Gull Lake along the June Lake Loop (US Highway 158), this station is home to a Type 3 wildland engine from the FS.

Crestview

This station, located on Deadman Creek Road, is home to one Type 3 wildland engine from the FS and a 10-person FS hand crew which specializes in monitoring fires managed for resource benefit.

Mammoth Station

Located on US Highway 203in the town of Mammoth Lakes, this station hosts one Type 3 wildland engine, one 1500-gallon water tender, two fire prevention patrol units, a District Fire Management Officer and an Assistant District Fire Management Officer, all from the FS.

Rock Creek Guard Station

Located on Rock Creek Canyon Road, near Tom's Place, this station is home to one Type 3 wildland engine from the FS.

White Mountain Ranger Station

This station, located in Bishop, has a Type 3 wildland engine, two fire prevention patrol units, one 20-person hotshot crew (the Boundary Peak Hotshots), a District Fire Management Officer and an Assistant District Fire Management Officer, all from the FS. In the summer, a BLM fire prevention unit also works out of this station.

Also located in Bishop are various "Fire Overhead" personnel--fire planners, Forest Fire Management Officers, Interagency Mitigation/Education Specialist, etc. These employees are a mixture of FS and BLM, and manage the overall direction of the interagency fire program for the area.

Bishop Air Tanker Reload Base

At the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport is the Bishop Air Tanker Base, capable of reloading nearly all air tankers in service today, except for the Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs) such as the DC-10 and 747. The tanker base is operated on an as-needed basis, but also hosts a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) during the summer.

Independence Helitack Base

The home to Helicopter 525, a Type 3 ship, the helitack base is located at the north end of Independence. A national resource, the helicopter and crew are often on assignments across the country.

Mt. Whitney Ranger Station

Located in Lone Pine, this fire station is home to a Type 3 wildland engine, a fire prevention patrol unit, a District Fire Management Officer and an Assistant.





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