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Posts tagged "Smokejumpers"
The return of high anxiety

The return of high anxiety

In a community primed for anxiety, the thick blanket of smoke that settled over the valley early this week may have been a blessing of sorts. It hid smoke plumes from two days of burnouts conducted to contain the Twisp River Fire. “It was so smoky already that no one saw the smoke columns. It...
Smokejumper: A memoir on sale this week

Smokejumper: A memoir on sale this week

Jason Ramos, a 16-year veteran smokejumper based at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB) in Winthrop, has just published a memoir about his career as a wildland firefighter. Smokejumper: A memoir by one of America’s most select airborne firefighters is an inside look at the 75-year legacy of the smokejumper program and the select group...
Jumping at the chance

Jumping at the chance

“It’s a perfect day for a first jump,” remarked North Cascades Smokejumper Base loft foreman Michael Noe, who gazed skyward as four rookie candidates steered their parachutes toward safe landings in a cow pasture …
Training a constant priority at North Cascades Smokejumper Base

Training a constant priority at North Cascades Smokejumper Base

Photos by Laurelle Walsh: Trainees parachute into a field adjacent to the smokejumper base.   BY LAURELLE WALSH The flag at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base was at half-staff last week to honor a 28-year-old smokejumper who was killed by a falling branch while fighting a fire in northern California. “It has been hard on everybody,”...