Image description: A member of the Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew conducts a prescribed burn operation to help stop a fire that may head towards a road at the Big Windy Complex near Galice, Oregon.
The Interagency Hotshot Crews, specializing in wildland fire suppression, are employed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, various Native American tribes, and the states of Alaska and Utah. The Geronimo crew is one of seven Native American hotshot crews sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
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