Several Hotshot Crews Among Fire Teams Putting Out the Gun Range Fire

Aug 31, 2019, 4:01 PM | Updated: 4:08 pm

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – It’s never been the easiest job.

However, the views can’t be beat.

Being in the mountains with breathtaking scenery is one of the perks of being a wildland firefighter, even though the other parts of the job would keep most people from applying.

“Yeah, it’s not easy. It’s hot out here. We carry a lot of weight on our backs,” said Shayne Ward as he began hiking up a burned hillside.

For the past three seasons, Ward has been a member of the Utah-based Lone Peak Hotshots.

They are a specialized 20-man fire crew whose expertise is fighting wildfires.

A big part of their job is digging fire lines.

A line they dug on the Gun Range Fire burning in Bountiful is helping to keep the fire contained.

“We don’t always have water so this is our only option and it’s extremely effective as you can see. It just knocks it out,” said Ward.

It is back-breaking, physically demanding work.

Using hand tools to dig and chainsaws to cut vegetation, crews try to surround a fire.

The idea is as a wildfire burns to that line and hits it, the flames die out because there’s nothing left for it to burn and spread.

Quick work by fire crews doing this type of work is one of the reasons why the Gun Range Fire stopped spreading so rapidly.

“Especially here, the fire was very light, and in some spots out, so this is just kind of the nail in the coffin for this part of the fire,” said Ward.

Those hotshot and wildland fire crews also help coordinate air tanker slurry drops and helicopter water drops.

Lone Peak Hotshot firefighters have been going for 25 straight days.

“I think we’re about at seven or eight fires. Just back to back to back,” said Ward.

Ask any of them, though, or any firefighter on almost any wildfire, and they will tell you it’s a job they love.

“It’s physically demanding and mentally demanding, but at the end of the day, you’re just hiking out with your friends doing a cool job that not many people get to experience,” said Ward.

It’s also a job where there is no doubt you’re making a difference.

“You feel a good sense of pride and accomplishment at the end of the day,” said Ward.


KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Ashley Moser/KSL TV)...
Ashley Moser

Hundreds rally in support of lawsuit over Utah’s abortion ban

Hundreds gathered at the Utah Capitol Sunday in support of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Utah & the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah to block the state’s abortion trigger law.
8 hours ago
A destroyed home in Ukraine...
Kiersten Nunez

Local nonprofit aims to fix lost homes in Ukraine

The nonprofit August Mission hopes to raise enough money to rehouse Ukrainians who lost their homes during the conflict against Russia.
1 day ago
A barbeque caught on fire at house in Sandy....
Michael Houck

Barbeque fire catches Sandy house on fire, displaces family

A barbeque caught on fire, causing a two-alarm house fire in Sandy Sunday evening.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (Idaho State Police/Facebook)...
Michael Houck

Kearns woman killed in two-vehicle crash in Idaho

A Kearns woman has died after being hit by a car while on a motorcycle in Idaho Saturday.
1 day ago
Iron County Search & Rescue responded to a injured mountain biker at Boulder Dash Trail. (Credit: I...
Michael Houck

Search & rescue crews help injured biker near Cedar City

Iron County Search & Rescue helped a mountain biker who needed help after getting hurt on a trail Saturday morning near Cedar City.
1 day ago
A minor apartment fire on 761 So. 300 E....
Michael Houck

SLC Fire crews take down a minor apartment fire

Salt Lake City Fire crews responded to a minor apartment fire Sunday afternoon.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Several Hotshot Crews Among Fire Teams Putting Out the Gun Range Fire