Forest Service promotes Scott Howes to deputy fire chief

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Scott Howes is the new deputy fire chief for San Bernardino National Forest and the U.S. Forest Service. Valley News/Courtesy photo
SAN BERNARDINO – San Bernardino National Forest officials have welcomed Scott Howes as the forest’s new deputy fire chief. Howes, who has served the public with the U.S. Forest Service for 34 years, was most recently the division chief for the Front Country Ranger District. Howes started his career on the San Bernardino National Forest in 1987, working on engine, helitack and hotshot crews. He became a battalion chief in 2009, then division chief on the Front Country Ranger District in 2016. He has served on a national type 1 incident management team as well as served as the incident commander on a Southern Zone Engine Academy. Two of the most notable fire incidents he has served as incident commander on have been the 2016 Blue Cut Fire and 2015 North Fire, which earned him the P
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