USFS asks for help in recovering $45,000 of stolen firefighting equipment

Taken from the Baker River Hotshots

Baker River Hotshots, screenshot from their 2020 video

EVERETT, Wash. — Jan. 29, 2021 — The United States Forest Service is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying suspects involved with the theft of wildland firefighting equipment from the Koma Kulshan Guard Station near Concrete Washington; the home base of the Baker River Hotshot Crew.

During the weekend of December 18th – 21st, 2020, multiple suspects broke into the Forest Service’s Hotshot Compound stealing an estimated $45,000 worth of vital firefighting equipment.

The Forest Service is looking for help in the return of the stolen equipment or the apprehension of those involved.  It was a difficult year, a very hot and hard fire season, and the Baker River Hotshot Crew needs your help.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the U.S. Forest Service at, the Mt. Baker Ranger District at (360) 856-5700, or any local law enforcement agency.

Baker River Hotshots
Baker River Hotshots, screenshot from their 2020 video

From the U.S. Forest Service

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Mike.

Wildfire crews create end-of-season video summaries

Above: Crow Peak Fire, south of Spearfish, SD, June 27 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert

We have found five videos created by Hotshot Crews that show some of the highlights of their 2016 season fighting wildfires.

After you view them, take the poll at the bottom — which do you like best?

The first is from the Geronimo Hotshots.

Next, the Baker River Hotshots:

And, the Midewin Hotshots:

The Mad River Hotshots:

Wyoming Hotshots:

Take the poll

Which video do you like best? Let us know by choosing an answer in the poll below — then click on the hard to see “vote” box below.

Which of these 2016 Hotshot Crew videos do you like best?

  • Baker River (31%, 160 Votes)
  • Geronimo (24%, 125 Votes)
  • Midewin (22%, 116 Votes)
  • Wyoming (14%, 74 Votes)
  • Mad River (8%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 517

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The last day to take the poll will be July 1, 2017.

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