Smokejumper base features parachute corps

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Smokejumper base features parachute corps

A smokejumper inspects his protective clothing at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Mont. Tours, offered six times a day at the center, give a look at the preparation and skill required of the men and women who parachute in to attack fires in remote, rugged places.
About 60 smokejumpers are based in Missoula.
An exhibit at the visitor center for Missoula’s Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center offers a close look at the life and work of wildland firefighters.

Smokejumper base features parachute corps

A smokejumper inspects his protective clothing at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Mont. Tours, offered six times a day at the center, give a look at the preparation and skill required of the men and women who parachute in to attack fires in remote, rugged places.
About 60 smokejumpers are based in Missoula.
An exhibit at the visitor center for Missoula’s Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center offers a close look at the life and work of wildland firefighters.
if you go

SMOKEJUMPER BASE: Free tours offered six times daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day; www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/smokejumpers/missoula or (406) 329-4934. The Missoula Technology and Development Center offers tours by appointment; www.fs.fed.us/eng/techdev/mtdc.htm or 406-329-3900.
GETTING THERE: Airlines operating at Missoula International Airport are Allegiant, with Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa and Oakland service; Alaska, with Seattle and Portland service; Delta Connection, with Atlanta, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City service; and United Express, with Denver, Chicago and San Francisco service. Six car rental companies maintain counters in the terminal.
LODGING: Options include Doubletree by Hilton Missoula-Edgewater, 406-728-3100 or www.doubletree.hilton.com/Missoula. West Fork Butte Lookout rental, $30 a night, reserve online at www.recreation.gov. Additional lookout rental information, contact the Missoula Ranger District, (406) 329-3814.

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