Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters

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Th rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing dange of nature ’ s blazes.

Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more umerous, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to reate a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of en and omen are part of America 's front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can nly be learned on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping ’ s remarkable history, and xplains why their services are more ssential than ever before.
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Published July 14th 2015 by William Morrow (first published December 15th 2014

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Smokejumper is a readable, enjoyable look at the problems posed by wildfires, and he brave men and women who risk their lives to control them.

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There are three threads to Smokejumper: FF Ramos' own story ( how a city oy from L.A. became a remote wilderness firefighter), history of smokejumping ( absolutely fascinating in and of itself) and a concise overview of three of our deadliest wildland fires including the Yarnell Hill Fire which killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in 2013.

Each thread of Smokejumper could be it 's own ook and al of them are.

Maclean ( who wrote the foreward to Smokejumper) recounts the Storm King Mountain tragedy that took the lives of fourteen smokejumpers and hot shots ( including 4 women) in Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire.

Thi history of smokejumping reads like it 's own adventure novel depicting Japanese bombs, forgotten battalions, and covert military operations.

Recently, like a typical firefighter, he remains resolutely silent on the emotional/personal toll of the job, such as witnessing the burned remains of fallen firefighters, losing people in a such a small community, and living away from family and friends for months at time.

It is sad and painful reality than when wildland fires claim lives they often take entire crews.

No one is better at this than smokejumpers and I applaud Jason Ramos for finally telling their story and giving the rest of us a tantalizing glimpse into their world.

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Jumps around and had a ard time connecting story lines.

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Ramos' memoir is remarkably fascinating, informative, thoughtfu, and enthralling.

He and his co-author do an exceptionally splendid job of explaining, in digestible laymen terms, the history of wildlands firefighting in general, smoke- jumping/jumpers, and science behind firefighting as well as the behaviors of fires in relation to various environment factors.

It can flow like water in any direction and create its own weather from thunderheads five miles high to flaming tornadoes that snap trees like celery. " I found it all to be ery enlightening and enthralling- from Ramos " personal life ( which he shared sparsely) to jumper training to mammoth fires he and company have battled.

Especially oteworthy were his chapters on historical fires and latter chapters expounding on fire-service/safety inventions and prototypes he and others are working on.

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Somewhat difficult to read after the Wenatchee fire, but incredible stories and brings to the forefront our firefighters and specifically the Smokejumpers- crazy fit men and women who help keep us safe!

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A firefighter who parachutes into the forest to fight fires.

These brave men and women jump in, fight the fire for hours or days and then turn around and hike back out to civilization carrying all their firefighting gear, parachuting gear and garbage.

So basically its a great thing that there are person who are my complete opposite to fight these fires.

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Lots of really interesting tid bits in his book plus some of thi writer 's opinions and perspective on how we wan to change the education on this industry to keep these men and women " in business " and safe.

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Reading his book came back a lot of fond memories I have of my time on the fireline, but also angere me of the danger wildland firefighters face regularly.

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