Hotshot crews are specially trained to work in remote areas for extended periods of time with little logistical support. Smokejumpers, the airborne troops, parachute from planes into remote and inaccessible areas to where wildfires often start.
Air support comes in the form of fixed-wing and helicopter tanker craft that can drop directly onto the flames up to 3,000 gallons (11,400 liters) of fire-suppressing chemicals per load.
Often, residents of small communities in the path of advancing fires join in trying to protect their homes. They clear out underbrush and other burnable materials and keep their property wetted down.
Sometimes it works.