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Tanner Hamson, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron wildland firefighter “Hotshot”, fixes his mustache before working on Tranquillion Peak Aug. 30, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. When on base, Vandenberg Hotshots mitigate fire risks to buildings by removing brush from the surrounding area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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30th Civil Engineer Squadron wildland firefighters, known as “Hotshots”, use a chainsaw to remove low-level ‘fuel’, or shrubs, from Tranquillion Peak Aug. 30, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Vandenberg hotshots mitigate fire risk to buildings by removing brush from the surrounding area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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30th Civil Engineer Squadron wildland firefighters, known as Hotshots, tighten the straps of their chaps before clearing brush Aug. 30, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Wearing these chaps is one of the many precautions the Hotshots take before operating in the field. Due to their composition, if a chainsaw were to come in contact with them the chainsaw would clog, ultimately keeping the member safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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30th Civil Engineer Squadron wildland firefighters, known as “Hotshots”, use brush knives to remove low-level ‘fuel’, or shrubs, from Tranquillion Peak Aug. 30, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Hotshots differ from normal firefighters as they do not use water to extinguish the fire, but use preventative measures to remove the ‘fuel’ from the fires potential path. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Max Blantan, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron wildland firefighter “Hotshot”, stands in front of Vandenberg’s 46 miles of coastline from the top of Tranquillion Peak Aug. 30, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Hotshots protect the massive 99,000 square acres of main Vandenberg AFB. They also temporarily deploy to support other agencies to fight wildland fires across the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --