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The FLATHEAD HOTSHOTS fire fighting crew is 50 years old this summer

Article from the The Flathead Beacon, May 4, 2016                           The Flathead Hotshots are among the oldest and most respected firefighting crews in the nation, dating back 50 years this summer. The country’s first hotshot teams were formed in Southern California in the late 1940s as a rugged, multi-skilled group that got its name for attacking the hottest parts of wildfires. As firestorms increasingly emerged on the nation’s landscape, the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies formed the Interagency Hotshot Program and established nine national crews in the
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