SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 193
2005 CABIN PROTECTION NEAR GALENA
Protecting remote hunting and trapping cabins from the threat of large fires is a typical assignment for smokejumpers in Alaska. Tactics involve creating a blackened buffer around structures by burning from a fire control line, whether hand-constructed or in the form of lake, river or meadow. Once finished with the task at hand, this group of jumpers found themselves stranded for three days before a helicopter could navigate thick smoke in the area to retreive them. In the meantime, standard food supplies were running low as the jumpers considered their options..
Jumper Exits From Dornier Jumpship
EIFF Ram-Air Canopy Descends
Fire On Lake
USFS Jumpers Descend To Spot
John Lyons Hauls Gear Bags
Collecting Cargo Chute
Tending the Mark 3 Pump
Gerry Suomalinen Refills Fuel Can
Backfire Burns Through Alders
Fire Scorches Hardwoods
Dan Helterline & Drip Torch

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