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.