Sundowner Fire Crew

Ojai Ranger District



The Sundowners are an Ojai-based, Type II seasonal hand fire crew, comprised of approximately 18 members.  They are assigned to the Los Padres National Forest and serve as an “on-call” basis during the May – November fire season performing numerous jobs.  Many of their assignments are in remote locations, resulting in significant hiking distances.

Duties include hand line construction, mop-up, rehabilitation and forest maintenance, removing fuels surrounding trails, fire roads, towers and various structures, hack away brush, debris digging and fire extinguish.


  • Sundowners accept electronic applications only
  • There is an online application for this position
  • Must complete a pack test.
  • Hike three miles with a 45-pound backpack and must be completed within 45 minutes.
  • Selected recruits will receive 40 hours of training for the season.


  • No previous experience is necessary to apply
  • Must be in great physical shape, able to hike long distances to remote locations
  • Know how to properly use hand & mechanical tools
  • Show competence in the proper use of a compass and topographical map reading.
  • Must be alert and communicate well under harsh conditions.


Sundowner Fire Crew

John Peakes/Mike Shiffrar
The Ojai Ranger District Office
1190 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, Ca. 93023
Phone: (805) 440-0663