Winema Hot Shot reunion

Winema Hotshots

Above: What the Winema Hotshots do in their spare time. Photo by Joe Bruner

The Winema Hot Shots asked us to post the following information:


The Rogue-Winema Hotshot Reunion is scheduled for April 7 at the Klamath Yacht Club in Klamath Falls, Oregon. This is the 50th anniversary of the crew and we’re looking for members who’ve dropped off our contact list.

The Winema Hotshot Crew traces its roots back to 1962 when the Star Inter-Regional Fire Suppression Crew was formed at the Star Ranger Station on the Rogue River National Forest. In 1970, the crew was moved to the Prospect Ranger District and renamed the Rogue River Inter-Regional Fire Suppression Crew, or the Rogue River Roughriders, as they were more commonly known. The crew was renamed the Prospect Interagency Hotshot Crew in 1980, as a result of a national naming convention held that year. In 1982, the crew was administratively moved to the Klamath Ranger District of the Winema National Forest and renamed the Winema Interagency Hotshot Crew. It is still stationed there today.

We need help in networking this event and spreading the word.  There will be no pre-pay or registration for the event, but if you know you are coming we would appreciate an RSVP to  We will ask for donations at the reunion to help cover the costs of the facility and refreshments.

We have an indoor facility that will accommodate the same size crowd that we had for the 40th, and we’ll have sufficient outdoor space and a firepit.We will have arrangements for motels and camping nearby. There is no camping available at the yacht club.

Reunion info is posted at the following sites:

Neil R. Austin
Winema Hotshots

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

5 thoughts on “Winema Hot Shot reunion”

  1. Hot shots at a yacht club, now that should be interesting! Sounds like a scene out of Always. Love this picture. I can’t tell you how much I admire you firefighters on the ground.

    1. If you’ve ever been to K-Falls, you’d likely find that the “Yacht Club” is where you launch you Duck Boat to hunt on the greater Klamath Lake – – the ‘Shots should feel right at home.


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