In 1974 the Stanislaus Hotshot Crew was established under the direction of Charlie Gripp. The crew was based at Long Barn Elementary School through 1978. The crew moved locations in 1979 under Superintendent, Greg Overacker, to Bald Mountain Helitack Base and remained there until 1981. In 1982 the crew relocated to Long Barn Engine Station, until 1984. From 1985 to 1990 the crew worked out of the Mi-Wok District Wherehouse. In 1991, the crew found a more suitable facility in Sonora, where we presently reside.
The crew averages 20-25 fires per season. Employment dates are usually from May 1st through November 15th. Crew assignments are primarily throughout the Western United States with extended tours away from the duty station.
When not fighting fire the crew focuses on training and development of Firefighter 2, Firefighter 1, and Single Resource Supervisors. We also spend time maintaining our skills cutting and maintaining fuel breaks throughout the district.
1974 - 1978: Charlie Gripp
1979 - 2006: Greg Overacker
2006: Felix Berbena
2007-present: Shawn Baker
There are limited barracks available. Rental costs range from $750 to $1200. Housing varies from $280,000 and up.
The Stanislaus National Forest is located in Central California in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Elevations range from 2,000 feet to above 11,500 feet. Temperatures range from the 40’s in the winter time to 100+ during the summer.