Smokejumpers honored in Oregon

Photo by Doug Beck

The parachute was originally developed as an emergency measure for getting out of an aircraft. But in the 1940s, the parachute was repurposed for another use: Getting wildland firefighters known as smokejumpers into remote locations.

The Siskiyou Smoke Jumper Base in Cave Junction, Ore., is the oldest surviving smokejumper facility. On June 23, the southern Oregon community will hold a ceremony to honor smokejumpers.

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