The Hot Spring:
At Fire Crew Hot Springs 120 degree F water flows from the spring to a couple volunteer built sand and gravel pools on the bank of the Middle Fork of the Payette River. It gets its name because sometimes fire crews camp near these hot springs and soak at night after difficult days of training or fighting fires. In the early summer when the river water level becomes low enough that the springs are exposed, pools are built. The cold and warm water mixes and the rocks along the edge of the pool can be moved to get the desired temperature. Later in the season the river level becomes so low that the pools become way to hot to soak. Therefore additional pools are commonly built closer to the cold water as the river water lowers.