California Interagency Hotshots

Emblem depicting the state of California and the shields of the NPS, BLM and USFS


Hotshots are elite firefighters trained to fight wildland fires and respond to other emergencies nationwide. The purpose of this website is to collect, preserve and share the rich history and tradition of the California Interagency Hotshot Crews.

This site was originally created and developed by the California Interagency Hotshot Crew Superintendents through the California Interagency Hotshot Crew Steering Committee, which was established in 1976 at the first California Hotshot Superintendents Workshop. The committee was formed to ensure that safety, training, and technical information was shared within the Hotshot community. The committee also provides the California IHC community with a united voice.

Our Mission Statement

Committed to providing a valuable public service through a long-standing tradition of professionalism, leadership and integrity.

Core Values


  • The cornerstone of the hotshot community.


  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Physical Toughness
  • Mental Toughness


  • Tradition
  • Pride
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusion

Interested becoming a Hotshot, a Smokejumper or one of the many other types of wildland firefighter? Visit our Regional Fire Hire website.

Did you know, that a number of California Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHCs) have their own websites? You will find links to their sites below:

The following Hotshot Crews have disbanded:

California Hotshot History