SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 170
2005 FIRE SEASON - JUST LIKE 2004, BUT DIFFERENT...
But seriously folks - The following pages depict our 2005 fire season from my perspective, another great year to be a smokejumper in Alaska. About 4.6 million acres burned in Alaska in 2005, while 6.5 million acres burned in 2004. Most Alaska jumpers had between 10-15 fire jumps this season, with improved visibility across the state compared to poor flying conditions prevailing in 2004. About one hundred boosters from the lower 48 joined in the action. Smokejumpers stayed out on glorious and exhausting assignments alike for weeks at a time. Only a handful of Alaska jumpers went south to the lower 48 at season's end - a few made fire jumps there.
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Jon Frisch En Route
Rick Thompson On Final
Jumpers At Boundary Creek
Mitch Decoteau In Homer, AK
Boundary Fire Explodes
Backfire From Lake
Flames Threaten Wild Lake Community
CL-215 Saves Cabin
Fire & Fireweed
Crews In Homer Meadow
T.J. Gholson Holds Line

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