It’s fire season in NorCal, which means we must keep in mind the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us from fires. And when it comes to firefighters, there are none more brave than smokejumpers.
If you are not familiar with smokejumpers, they are wildland firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat wildfires. Smokejumpers are capable of reaching a wildfire shortly after ignition, when it is still relatively small, and extinguishing the blaze before it becomes a problem to land managers and the public. When there is no significant fire activity, smokejumpers will take on other assignments such as forestry, disaster relief and emergency management.
I like to call them “Ninja Firefighters.”
I came across this video from Andrew Pattison the other day, showing the shear awesomeness of smokejumpers in NorCal –
Here is the caption from Andrew’s video – “Here is the full video from the jump on the Thompson Fire last week. It was a couple of fires in close proximity on the Klamath National Forest. It was also another great experience with the awesome bros down in Redding.”
There you have it. Smokejumpers are badass. If you want to learn more, here is a mini-documentary made by ABCnews a couple of years ago about the smokejumpers in Redding:
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine