This coloring sheet was hand drawn from an original photograph. See below for both the original drawing and the photograph that inspired it! We hope you enjoyed coloring your sheet. How does your coloring compare to the photo below? Does the photo make you think differently about the picture? Did you use different colors? We can’t wait to see everyone’s finished coloring, so be sure to share below or on social media (with your parent’s permission, of course)!
When wildfires start in remote areas, and the conditions are such that foresters and land managers don’t want wildfire to burn at that time, wildland firefighters are called to complete an “initial attack” of the fire. Initial attack is the first first 24-hour period of a wildfire response – the goal is to fully suppress, or put out, the fire. There are all sorts of initial attack resources that are used all over the world: engine crews, heli-rappellers, handcrews, smokejumpers, and more. Smokejumpers are unique in that they are transported by airplane and then parachute into areas that inaccessible by any other means.
In the USA, the Smokejumper program was started in 1939 as an experiment in the Pacific Northwest Region, and the first fire jump was made in 1940 on the Nez Perce National Forest in the Northern Region.
Here is a story from the son of one of the first US Smokejumpers:
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