Los Padres Hot Shots, an elite wildland fire crew based out of Los Prietos Ranger Station, are on-site at Rough Fire, which has caused evacuations in Kings and Sequoia national parks. On the fire line since August 27 — not long after an assignment to the Lowell Fire, at which their captain suffered burn injuries — the Hot Shots arrived to 105-degree weather and unpredictable winds, rugged terrain, and skies sometimes too smoky for air support.


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