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Title: Handcrew  
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Language: English
Subject: Wildfire, Fire lookout, Smokejumper, Forestry, Controlled burn
Collection: Firefighting, Forestry Occupations, Wildland Fire Suppression
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Handcrews are diverse teams of career and temporary wildland firefighters. The crews typically consist of 18 - 20 men and women but can also contain 4 to 6 and 8 to 10. These crews have the responsibilities of constructing firelines – strips of land cleared of flammable materials and dug down to mineral soil. These lines are generally constructed around wildfires to control them. Another type of line handcrews create is saw line. This is line where all trees limbs are removed up to shoulder height and all small trees and brush is cut

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