The Hotshot Firefighters Battling California’s Biggest Wildfires

An elite crew takes on a wildfire in California’s Eldorado National Forest.
May 28, 2021, 8:30am
A firefighter battles the Bond Fire burning in the Silverado community in Orange County, Calif., early Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.

VICE News embeds with an elite crew of firefighters—the Forest Service’s Hotshot crew—in California’s El Dorado National Forest as they battle one of the worst fire seasons on record, in the middle of a pandemic. Think of them as the Navy SEALS of firefighters.

VICE News correspondent Michael Anthony Adams reports. Want to see what the frontline of wildfire looks like? Check out Adams’ segment here.




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