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Publisher Description

A 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 threat of nature’s blazes.

Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women 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 only 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 explains why their services are more essential than ever before.

Biographies & Memoirs
July 14
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

HunterCuted ,


Really good read! Great history combined with personal memories. Well paced and enjoyable because Jason Ramos clearly has a passion for his calling. I truly wish we would have Smokejumpers in the Southeast--especially this year (2016).

Fat hoss ,

Excellent book

My dad recommend this book to me since I regular participate in prescribed fire and occasionally support wild land incidents at my workplace and am into this kind of stuff. He loaned me this book and I started reading it and could not put it down. I decided to down load this book so the author could get paid and I could have my own copy. This is an excellent book.

Jason Ramos does an excellent job depicting the history of the jump program and his role as a jumper and advocate for both the jump program and for all fire service. His descriptions of past major wake up call fires before his time is amazing. His accounts of some of the major incidents that he was not involved with give the reader the feeling that he was there by the way he describes it...the attention to these details make this book a fascinating read. I also appreciate the way the author respectfully discusses the tragedies . He doesn't dwell on them but discusses it and moves on to what could be learned from it...very classy!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever been effected by fire, know someone in fire service , lives in the wildland interface or has shed a tear when a firefighter (s) has lost a life. My son just turned ten and wants to enter the fire service when he is old enough. I hope after reading this book he has a better appreciation for what it takes to do this job at any level.

I have to admit this book left me with wanting. I hope the author decides to write another book...perhaps one on this experiences on the Helo in Kearnville....