Latest Smokejumper Stories

2008-08-25 09:00:58

By Associated Press EUREKA -- A wildfire burned about 350 acres along the border of Juab and Utah counties Sunday. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. and was burning Pinyon Juniper and sage along some steep terrain about three miles northwest of Eureka, according to the Richfield Interagency Fire Center. Flames were shooting more than 30 feet in the air as firefighters attempted to contain the blaze with airplanes, multiple engines and four hand crews. Eleven smokejumpers also parachuted...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Rocky Barker and Heath Druzin, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 23--With a sweep of her hands, Carol McCoy-Brown shows off the park-like setting of Warm Lake, where well-spaced pine trees loom over a forest floor nearly free of underbrush. She points to the rustic wood-frame cabins that dot the Forest Service land in the mountains southeast of McCall -- all spared last August by a forest fire that burned right to the community's doorsteps. McCoy-Brown, a district ranger with the...

2008-07-18 06:00:30

By Peter Hecht, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--President Bush took a helicopter tour of charred forests above Shasta Lake on Thursday and vowed to do the "best ... we possibly can" in directing federal assistance to help California respond to devastating wildfires. With nearly 2,000 lightning fires since mid-June devouring more than 880,000 acres and burning a hole in the state budget, Bush promised not to leave California stranded. Federal disaster officials to date have pledged...

2008-07-04 21:00:12

REDDING, Calif. _ Gazing out a wall of windows, Mike Lococo watched lightning stab the horizon, over and over, like a bizarre light show gone awry. Three decades of battling blazes in remote corners of California told him one thing: That was trouble hurtling from the heavens. Lococo is part of a unique national network that launches at the first sniff of wildfire. When hundreds of California wildfires sprang from lightning strikes June 20-21, the Northern California Geographic...

2005-07-01 14:01:24

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) -- When your regular job involves parachuting into burning forests, climbing a 60-foot silver maple behind a lawyer's office in search of beetles is a nice change of pace. "It's definitely a good gig and needs to be done," said Sarah Altemus, one of 11 smokejumpers from several Western states who have been sent to New Jersey to help inspect for the Asian longhorned beetle, a pest destroying trees in three states. The firefighters' rope skills make them a valuable asset in...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.