SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 294
2008 - ALASKA TUNDRA FIRES NEAR ANIAK
Midway through a quiet Alaska wildfire season, one load of smokejumpers was blessed with four fire jumps in five days. When tundra fires in Alaska are caught early, they're often extinguished in minutes or hours. This was our fortune in July as we made quick work of several lightning-started fires, using plastic handled, rubber-headed 'flapper' or 'beater' tools and portable water pumps. No trees could be seen for miles, but the mosquitos were plentiful. Once we stomp and spray these fires out, there's little to do but wait for demobe...
Chasing Paracargo In The Smoke
Throwing A Section Of Hose
Swatting Flames In Tundra
Swatting Flames At Sunset # 1
Swatting Flames At Sunset # 2
Swatting Flames At Sunset # 3
Flames Creep through Tundra
Waiting For Demobe At 'Camp'
Jason Shroeder
Matt Corley

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