SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 136
2004 JUMPING BIRCH CREEK WILDFIRE - 70,000 ACRES
Winds fed flames entrenched in the timberstands surrounding our jumpspot. The fire's head raced toward the village of Birch Creek, deep in Alaska's Upper Yukon Territory. Smoke choked visibility to zero, halting air operations for several days. We spent the first shift diverting the fire from our campsite, near the muddy banks of Birch Creek. When skies cleared long enough, a helicopter pulled us back to defend the village.
Jumpspot on Left Side of Birch Creek
USFS Smokejumper Descends # 1
USFS Smokejumper Descends # 2
Flare-Up in Spruce # 1
Flare-Up in Spruce # 2
Flare-Up in Spruce # 3
Flare-Up in Spruce # 4
Flare-Up in Spruce # 5
Flare-Up in Spruce # 6
Redding Jumper Josh Voshall and Hose
Swatting in the Smoke
GAC Jumper Kelvin Thompson and Chainsaw

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