On September 11 smokejumpers attacked a wildfire in Channel Islands National Park off the southern California coast. The jumpers are calling it “historic”, since it is the first time for them to jump a fire in the Park.
The fire on Santa Cruz Island was reported that morning by a boater and the firefighters were over the fire by about 1 p.m. They departed from a temporary spike jumper base at Porterville, California, which can be established when there is increased initial attack activity in that part of the state.
Today four smokejumpers out of the Porterville Smokejumper Base in Southern California jumped the Channel Islands National Park. This is a historic first for the smokejumpers, and shows some of the strengths of the smokejumper program. Speed, Range, and Payload. Here jumpers board the plane in Porterville. ?: @thebacoma
A better aerial view is HERE; we did not post it because there is profanity in the Instagram comments.
The U.S. Forest Service said the fire was 1/10 acre.
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Tom.
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