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Re-visiting Mann Gulch

Public Safety / Fire Protection : Wildfire Today

Re-visiting Mann Gulch The Mann Gulch Fire, 63 years ago this week, took the lives of 13 smokejumpers. Norman Maclean’s 1992 book Young Men and Fire recounted the story of the most deadly event in smokejumper history at that time. O...

Smokejumping photo

Public Safety / Fire Protection : Wildfire Today

Smokejumping photo This photo that is on the GreatFallsTribune web site got my attention. The caption reads as follows: Smokejumpers head for an open landing area during the early stages of last season’s Rat Patch Fire deep in the M...

BLM Smokejumpers Receive “Al Dunton Award”

Public Safety / Fire Protection : Wildfire Today

BLM Smokejumpers Receive “Al Dunton Award” The National Interagency Fire Center announced an award today. BLM firefighters Ben Oakleaf and Chris Swisher have much in common. They’re both BLM smokejumpers. They both worked on the Mi...

Smokejumping in Russia

Public Safety / Fire Protection : Wildfire Today

Smokejumping in Russia National Geographic has a great article about fighting wildland fires in Russia, specifically, smokejumping in Russia, where they have 4,000 jumpers working out of 340 bases across the country. According to th...

Smokejumpers make history on Parker Peak fire in South Dakota

Public Safety / Fire Protection : Wildfire Today

Smokejumpers make history on Parker Peak fire in South Dakota Smokejumpers made history yesterday. For the first time ever, they jumped on a fire in South Dakota. I was taking photos in the general area and saw a jump plane overhead...

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