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Aug 18, 2016

Jumping into the fire

Jumping into the fire

Firefighters in Washington state train to make the leap into smokejumping, or parachuting into wildfires.

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Supervisors Guy McLean (L) and Inaki Baraibar (R) observe smokejumper recruits as they complete their first jump from an airplane into a field adjacent to the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper lands in a large gravel circle after leaping from an airplane during a training exercise at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper navigates towards the ground after leaping from an airplane during a training exercise in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper is seen under his parachute after leaping from an airplane during a training exercise in a field adjacent to the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruit Ross Lindell untangles his parachute after landing in cow manure during his first training jump from an airplane into a field adjacent to the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumpers celebrate a successful training jump at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper recruit lands after leaping from an airplane during a training exercise in a field adjacent to the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumpers exit an airplane during a training flight in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper prepares to leap from an airplane while flying above Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 30, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Spotter Daren Belsby communicates with a smokejumper preparing to complete a practice jump from an airplane while flying above Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 30, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper recruit lands in gravel while practising parachute landing fall techniques at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruit Leo Brett winds up a hose after cleaning equipment at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumpers navigate towards the ground after leaping from an airplane during a training exercise in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Assistant spotter Scott McClanahan (L) and spotter Daren Belsby (R) size up the landing area for smokejumpers preparing to complete a practice jump from an airplane while flying above Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 30, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper recruit trains by jumping from a large tower while attached to a zip line at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Rookie smokejumper Brian Anderson (R) prepares to jump from an airplane with fellow smokejumpers while flying above Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 30, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Parachutes ready for use are seen in the parachute loft at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper Jeremy Zemke labels a parachute he has finished packing, in the parachute loft at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumpers gather for a meeting in the parachute loft at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruit Jeff Rasmussen does squats with a large rock, punishment for dropping his helmet from atop the practice tower, during training at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Instructors (R) watch a rookie class of eight smokejumper recruits as they practise parachute landing fall techniques at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruits clean their sweat-soaked equipment after training in extreme heat at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, United States June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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(L-R) Supervisors Daren Belsby, Inaki Baraibar, and Fidel Verduzco observe a smokejumper recruit as he jumps from a training tower while connected to a zip line at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruits enter the parachute loft during training at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruits train at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper Jeremy Zemke labels a parachute he has finished packing, in the parachute loft at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Magnets identifying which smokejumpers are scheduled to deploy are seen on a board in the parachute loft at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Tools for packing parachutes are seen in the parachute loft at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 7, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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A smokejumper leaps from an airplane during a training flight above Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 30, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruit Ross Lindell lands after jumping from a large tower while attached to a zip line at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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Smokejumper recruits exercise at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, U.S., June 6, 2016. DAVID RYDER/REUTERS

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