Fires started by lightning often erupt in very remote, mountainous parts of the state, far from any roads. Sometimes the only way to get fire crews to them is to have them jump out of planes. It takes a special breed to jump (a) out of a perfectly good airplane, and (b) into an active fire zone. But smokejumpers have been doing it for decades.

Video by: Adam Grossberg

Read more: blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/08/01/californias-smokejumpers-fight-the-hardest-to-reach-wildfires/

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