USDA Forest Service


Angeles National Forest








Physical address:

29835 Valyermo Rd,

Valyermo, CA, 93563


Mailing address:

P.O. Box 15 Valyermo,

CA, 93563


(661) 944-2188 ext.229

Valyermo Hotshots

Valyermo IHC is stationed at the Mojave Work Center on the eastside of the Santa Clara Mojave River Ranger District. Valyermo is located in the desert foothills of the Antelope Valley but is minutes away from the timbered areas of Big Pines and a short drive to the urban interface of Los Angeles. Valyermo Crew-4 was established in 2002 as part of the MEL buildup under Superintendent Ron Heinig. Valyermo performed as a Type 2 IA handcrew for 8 years gaining experience and the strong work ethic it takes to be an IHC. After the 2008 season Ron Heinig vacated the Supt. Position and Kevin Grant took over the crew. Going into the 2010 season the crew and overhead were very determined to become a Type 1 IHC and went through the certification process. After numerous hours of training, rigorous PT program and dedication by all the crew, Valyermo passed the IHC certification process and became the Valyermo Hotshots In 2010. With the certification of Valyermo Hotshots they became the fifth active IHC on the Angeles National Forest. Along with their new status the crew changed their logo to a simple V with the bull horns associated with the town of Valyermo. The reason for this was to be easily recognizable on the fire line.  After the 2013 season Superintendent Kevin Grant vacated his position to become the District Fire Management officer on the Los Padres National Forest and Jeff Locke came over from Texas Canyon Hotshots to fill the Superintendent position. Valyermo IHC consists of 1-Superintendent, 2 Captains, 2 Squad Leaders, 4 Senior Firefighters/Apprentices and 11 seasonal firefighters.   Valyermo IHC strives to build a good reputation with hard work while maintaining safety as a priority.

Crew Superintendents:

2002-2008 Ron Heinig

2009-2013 Kevin Grant

2014- Jeff Locke