This is a spectacular photo of smokejumper parachute canopies back-lit by the sun.
— USFS Fire-California (@R5_Fire_News) March 23, 2016
Парашютисты-пожарные федеральной Авиалесоохраны в Бурятии, на тушении возле озера Байкал. 2015 год. Russian smokejumpers of the Federal aviation forest protection (Avialesookhrana) extinguish a fire near Baykal lake. Buryatia, In august 2015 #леснойпожар #лес #пламя #героизм #парашютисты #десантники #огонь #пожар #лесной_пожарный #лес #avialesookhrana #forest #fire #firefighter #smokejumpers #лесныепожары #bomberos #авиация #firefighterslife #героизм #пламя #helicopter #widlandfire #widlandfirefighting #aviation #airguards #aviales #экстрим #air #plane #sky #bombeiros #авиация #авиалесоохрана
“Boosting” is smokejumper terminology for temporarily being stationed at a smokejumper base away from their home duty station.
There are 285 active fires burning in Alaska that have charred 1.7 million acres, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Of those 285 fires, 41 are staffed and the other 244 are being monitored.
The National Interagency Coordination Center reports that the firefighting resources assigned to fires in Alaska include: 106 hand crews, 33 engines, and 29 helicopters.
A fun fact — a Bureau of Land Management Type 3 helicopter (H-173BH) recently completed a four-day trip to an assignment in Alaska. It took off from Rifle, Colorado on June 23 and arrived in Fairbanks June 26. The BLM sent other Type 3 helicopters, one each, from Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Two Forest Service Type 2 helicopters were also recently dispatched from the lower 48 states. In addition, a Type 1 CWN helicopter, Croman 701, an S-61, was also sent to Alaska.
…WHEREAS, in July 2015 on the University of Montana campus, the National Smokejumper Association will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first parachute jump to a forest fire, which occurred in July 1940.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the House of Representatives of the State of Montana recognizes 75 years of excellence and dedicated service of smokejumpers in Montana and across the nation.
As far as we can tell, the Resolution did not involve spending any taxpayer money. It simply recognizes 75 years of service by smokejumpers.
The Representatives, elected by Montana citizens, who voted not to honor smokejumpers were:
KQED, a public television station in northern California, put together this video about smokejumping, filmed at the Redding Smokejumper base. They also wrote an article about the program.