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Insider's Look at Smokejumping

Insider's Look at Smokejumping

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Smokejumpers are highly trained wildfire firefighters deployed to remote locations. They are parachuted in to to secure fires otherwise unreachable by local forces. By making use of high-altitude aircraft, smokejumpers are able to reach fires faster, cheaper, and better equipped than any road-bound vehicle.

Because smokejumping forces are limited to small teams, most of us don’t get a chance to see what these special forces battle. “Buck” Nelson, a 20-year smokejumping veteran, gives us an insider look into the smokejumping world…

Hang Ups…

Here is a smokejumper doing a let-down on a fire jump in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.

Smokejumpers find it is always a great deal more humorous to be the one standing on the ground hollering advice than to be the one hanging 100’ up in a giant Ponderosa!

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