Smokejumpers attack fire in Channel Islands

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.


Jumper 4 on the Potato Fire, Channel Islands. ?: @smkj94

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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.

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