The INSIDER summary:
- Smokejumpers jump out of helicopters and parachute directly into wildfires. They’re deployed for remote fires that can’t be accessed by road. They must remain at the fire until it is completely extinguished.
- 2015 was the worst year for wildfires on record– over 10 million acres of land were burned.
- Training to be a smokejumper is incredibly difficult. Each person might carry over 100 pounds of weight for miles on foot.
- There are currently 270 smokejumpers operating in the U.S. across six states (Idaho, Oregon, California, Alaska, Montana, Washington).
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