||The planes and people that coordinate
air operations over a fire.
||Large aircraft that drop fire-retardant
||Fire set to purposely influence the
direction or rate of fire spread.
||Boise Interagency Fire Center. Boise,
||The smokejumper god. A deity with
a rather twisted sense of humor, justice, and fair play.
Determines good and bad deals for jumpers.
|Blowup||Catastrophic fire behavior, rapid
spread, mass ignition of large areas.
||Last-minute check of jumper's gear,
performed by jump partner prior to jumping.
||Fire set to burn areas between control
lines and main fire; denies main fire of fuel. A tactic
used once control lines are established.
||General term for the Alaskan wilderness.
||Intense period of lightning fire activity.
||Fire line constructed with crawler
||The handle used to cut away from a
malfunctioned main canopy. Also called the clutch.
||A fire is contained when its spread
has been halted by control lines or natural barriers.
||A fire is controlled when enough work
has been done to insure it will not escape.
||A fire burning hot enough to continuously
spread through the tops of trees.
||Short for demobilization. The action
of leaving a fire once it is out.
||Weighted pieces of colored crepe paper
used to determine wind drift before jumping a fire.
||The small parachute that first stabilizes
jumpers as they fall from the plane then pulls the main
canopy out of the deployment bag once the drogue release
handle is pulled.
||See aboue. Once widely known as the
||Emergency Medical Technician.
||Work done after the initial effort
has failed to stop a fire. For jumpers, usually the second
or third day.
||A cardboard box that comes in the
fire packs and contains packaged and canned goods. Jumper
rations for the first three days.
||Large embers or chucks of burning,
||Whirlwind of fire.
||A mass conflagration of fire, a blowup.
(of a fire)
||The side boundaries of a fire looking
from the tail toward the head.
||Railroad flares used to light burnouts
||Hottest and most active part of a
fire; determines the direction the fire is moving.
||A firing device on a helicopter, which
is capable of starting fires.
||Sleeping arrangement: tent, rain fly,
||Organized fire crews; highly motivated
and well trained. Mostly used on large, long-term fires.
||First effort to stop a fire.
||A rotating list that determines the
order in which jumpers are assigned to fires.
||Designated landing area.
||Room where chutes are rigged and maintained.
||Alaska talk for the contiguous United
||Jumper talk for being in love. Being
moosey, feeling moosey, having moose eyes, etc.
||Final stage of fire fighting—digging
up all roots and burning material; putting out the last
of all embers and coals.
||Aerial fire retardant dropped by aircraft.
Also called retardant or slurry.
||For aircraft, the final flight path
before jumpers jump. For jumpers, the final flight path
as they descend into a jump spot.
||Operations desk. The nerve center
of any smokejumper base. The jump list, aircraft list,
and all other matters of business are managed in operations.
||As a group, those who work to deliver
supplies to fires by aircraft and parachute. As a product,
supplies delivered in such a manner.
||Physical training. As part of their
regular daily routine' smokejumpers do one hour of PT
||Fire-fighting tool. An ax with a grub
hoe on the OppOsite end.
||Sneaking prized food items and hiding
them from the rest of the group.
||Army rations, C-rations, MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat).
||Room in smokejumper facility where
jumpers suit up for departure to fires.
||A fire that is declared out, then
||Minimal hand line, made quickly to
temporarily hold a fire until the line can be finished.
||Daily report of current fires, personnel
assigned, and resource allocations. Also includes weather
||Debris left after logging; limbs,
cull logs, treetops, and stumps. Can also be natural forest
||A place where the fire crosses an
established control line.
||A dead tree, still standing.
||Racks on which jump gear is pre-positioned
to facilitate fast suit up.
||Fire started outside the main fire
area by flying sparks or embers.
||Person who directs the jumping from
||The top cut from a small (four- to
five-inch diameter) black spruce. Used to swat down flames
on Alaska fires.
||In aircraft, when the airspeed gets
so slow that it can no longer maintain flight attitude
and begins to fall. In a square parachute, when the canopy
is slowed down so much that it can no longer maintain
flight, and it begins to rock forward and back radically.
||The main smokejumper building. Includes
loft, ready room, tool room, weight room, paracargo bay,
||The right and left lines used to steer
||A short nylon line that connects the
reserve deployment handle to the left riser of the main
parachute. When a main malfunctions and has to be cut
away, the Stevens automatic pulls the reserve handle and
initiates the deployment of the reserve.
||Fully malfunctioned parachute.
||The back end or initial part of a
fire. Usually spreads slowly at lower intensity than flanks