SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 122
ALASKA WILDFIRES 2004
Alaska was dealt its biggest wildfire season on record in 2004. No corner of the state was spared from thick, choking smoke - paralyzing airports, highways and tourism, drifting south to the Lower 48 and far north into Russia. About 6.5 million acres burned. Persistent drought conditions plagued Alaska, fueling huge fires and denying control efforts everywhere. We battled fires that threatened towns, villages, native allotments, fish camps, and the oil pipeline. This year I'm using a digital-SLR camera to share my experience. The following pages are my chronology of 2004, a great year to be a smokejumper in Alaska.
Alaska Smokejumper Exits Casa Jumpship At 3000'
Spotter Bill Cramer At Door With Streamers
Four-Man Stick: Mike O'Brien Exits Last - Western Alaska
White Spruce Stand Torches
Alyeska Oil Pipeline Overrun By Flames (June, 2004)

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