Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire

Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire


Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire [Download] ➾ Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire By Murry A. Taylor – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk During one incendiary summer, Murry Taylor kept an extensive journal of his day to day activities as an Alaskan smokejumper It wasn t his first season fighting wildfires, and he s far from being a roo During one incendiary summer, Murry Taylor kept A Smokejumper's PDF ☆ an extensive journal of his day to day activities as an Alaskan smokejumper It wasn t his first season fighting wildfires, and he s far from being a rookie he s been on the job sinceThrough this narrative of one busy season, Taylor reflects on the years of training, the harrowing adrenaline fueled jumps, his brushes with death, the fires he conquered, and the ones that got away It s a world full of bravado, one with epic battles of Jumping Fire: PDF or man versus nature, resulting in stories of death defying defeats, serious injury, and occasionally tragedy We witness Taylor s story learn of the training, preparation, technology, and latest equipment used in fighting wildfires and get to know his fellow smokejumpers in the ready room, on the tundra, and in the vast forests of one of the last great wilderness areas in the world Often thrilling and informative and always entertaining, Taylor s memoir is one of the first autobiographical accounts of a legendary career.

  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire
  • Murry A. Taylor
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 0156013975

About the Author: Murry A. Taylor

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10 thoughts on “Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire

  1. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    Taylor began smokejumping in 1965 and, near age fifty, finally quit after the summer of 2000, the worst fire season in half a century Smokejumpers are a bizarre breed who have to pass an extremely rigorous physical fitness test each year one thing they have to do is run 3 miles in 22 minutes and Marines say smokejumpers training is harder than boot camp before being allowed back into training Interestingly, one of them, Trooper, paid his own way to China in an attempt to convince the Chin Taylor began smokejumping in 1965 and, near age fifty, finally quit after the summer of 2000, the worst fire season in half a century Smokejumpers are a bizarre breed who have to pass an extremely rigorous physical fitness test each year one thing they have to do is run 3 miles in 22 minutes and Marines say smokejumpers training is harder than boot camp before being allowed back into training Interestingly, one of them, Trooper, paid his own way to China in an attempt to convince the Chinese they should begin smokejumping the large fires they have in China, but the Chinese said it was too lethal Jumping into a forest carries its own form of excitement They carry about 90 pounds of equipment including a 150 foot let down rope in case they land on the top of a tree we won t even discuss what happens if they land in a pond or river and Taylor tells of one jump in some redwood trees where the jumper snagged the top of a redwood, let himself down 150 feet and was still over fifty feet from the ground His partner had to work the fire line by himself and then saw down a smaller tree against the larger one so he could climb down Only problem was the concussion of the smaller tree against the larger almost knocked him out of the tree The jumpers work in tandem with other groups, including spotters in the planes they jump from who help measure wind drift and try to find the best place for them to land all the jumpers try to sleep on the plane since it may be the last chance they get for several days And then there are the air tankers, former military C 97s, huge four engine planes with radial engines, each having sixteen foot props, fifty six spark plugs, and fifty five gallons of oil, that haul sixteen 250 gallon tanks, each of which can be opened individually The fire retardant used in Alaska is a mixture of water, betonite clay, and ammonium phosphate fertilizer mixed with red dye It has few adverse effects, but it s best to be clear of the area because three thousand gallons of retardant is traveling at 130 miles per hour when released If the load is dropped too low, trees eight to twelve inches in diameter can be ripped out of the ground like matchsticks Taylor has a degree in forest management As a high school student, he was a rebel, accumulating a record number of detentions His tennis coach insisted he attend the prom, and his date with the daughter of the superintendent, a man who was considering whether to suspend or expel him from school, made a huge difference in his life He managed to get his act together and the girl s family encouraged him to attend college, something he had never even considered a possibility The knowledge of forestry is certainly an important element in the training of a smokejumper Knowing that birch tree resin is much less flammable than that of black spruce and white spruce, and that the birch leaf litter holds water well and quickly decomposes into soil can help determine where to create fire breaks Night air and birch trees can stop a wall of fire in a matter of minutes Taylor has seen animals run to small clumps of birch to escape fires and survive unscathed Of course, sometimes the animals can create problems of their own, and Taylor recounts one episode where they had to watch out for marauding bears foraging through their cache of food and other essential supplies It was amusing to hear of intrepid menthan willing to take on a forest fire, but completely intimidated by a large brown bear

  2. K.T. K.T. says:

    Good book if you want to learn about smokejumpimg by a smokejumpeI first learned about Jumping Fire by Murry Taylor in 2008 from a now defunct forum for wildland firefighters I am not a wildland firefighter but I needed to learnabout wildland firefighting I was looking for good books to read I recall enjoying Murry s book, it was a good read and learned a lot I recently wanted to reread Jumping Fire so I ordered the kindle version.Murry Taylor takes us through his 1991 smokejumping sea Good book if you want to learn about smokejumpimg by a smokejumpeI first learned about Jumping Fire by Murry Taylor in 2008 from a now defunct forum for wildland firefighters I am not a wildland firefighter but I needed to learnabout wildland firefighting I was looking for good books to read I recall enjoying Murry s book, it was a good read and learned a lot I recently wanted to reread Jumping Fire so I ordered the kindle version.Murry Taylor takes us through his 1991 smokejumping season, where he was based in Fairbanks Alaska with deployments to the lower 48 late in the season He was a smokejumper of many years, one of the older smokejumpers He does spend some time writing about his earlier experiences and you may learnthan you want to about his love life.This time around, I enjoyed reading about his experiences working wildfires His words enabled me to be a participant observer while jumping fires and also while sitting around waiting for the call I also enjoyed getting to know other smokejumpers as well as getting to know a little about Alaska.I am always interested in learningabout wildland firefighting If you want to learnabout the important role that smokejumpers play in fighting wildfires and something about life on the fireline, then this book is for you

  3. Mark Cross Mark Cross says:

    Jumping Fire is a passionate, thrilling, yet easy to read account of Alaska Smokejumper Murry Taylor This edge of your seat first person account of the 1991 fire season will keep you reading Vivid stories, lightly interetwined with the rollercoaster love life afforded by wildland firefighing, help propel this wonderful book through its chapters.Taylor became Alaska s oldest Smokejumper in 1995, yet continued until his retirement at the end of the historic 2000 season Even if you ve never been Jumping Fire is a passionate, thrilling, yet easy to read account of Alaska Smokejumper Murry Taylor This edge of your seat first person account of the 1991 fire season will keep you reading Vivid stories, lightly interetwined with the rollercoaster love life afforded by wildland firefighing, help propel this wonderful book through its chapters.Taylor became Alaska s oldest Smokejumper in 1995, yet continued until his retirement at the end of the historic 2000 season Even if you ve never been on a fireline, eating smoke and chasing down flames, you ll enjoy Jumping Fire

  4. Jim Donovan Jim Donovan says:

    Fascinating memoir Living in the west wildland firefighting is a big deal and of vital importance Author Murray Taylor is able to put on paper what it is like to have such a terrifying job My son worked wildland fire fighting for years so I am firmiliar Murray Taylor took it to the next level with this memoir.

  5. Timothy M. Dowling Timothy M. Dowling says:

    Who would have thought what a great read this would be.I picked this up on a whim, and have had a difficult time putting it down Mr Taylor writes with great skill about a field of which I have very little little knowledge of Where was this book 50 years ago when I could have given it a try Should be on everyone s Buck List.

  6. Sandy Sandy says:

    Reads like fiction, but detailed and personal I have read other smokejumpers experiences This was the best.

  7. Rochelle Rochelle says:

    So exciting

  8. Brad H Brad H says:

    I read this book and was truely amazed We read about stories of wild fires and we hear about them on the news But, we really have no concept of what it takes and what these brave men and women do.Here is a riveting and humerous, tragic and exilerating sic true and 1st hand account of their lives, work, tragedy and love of the fight.Mr Taylor became the oldest and one of the best fire jumpers in history Litterally being forced to a desk job after all of the cartilage had been destroyed in hi I read this book and was truely amazed We read about stories of wild fires and we hear about them on the news But, we really have no concept of what it takes and what these brave men and women do.Here is a riveting and humerous, tragic and exilerating sic true and 1st hand account of their lives, work, tragedy and love of the fight.Mr Taylor became the oldest and one of the best fire jumpers in history Litterally being forced to a desk job after all of the cartilage had been destroyed in his knees, after 20 years of Smoke jumping.Jumping into a forest of fire would not be a career choice for 99% of the general population But, for some there is a call Murray Taylor was one of those that found his calling, thrived in it, taught the new recruits, loved,cried and faught the good fight.Not only is he one of the best Smoke Jumpers But, he is a fantastic writer He brings you right into the fire and you can feel the heat from the edge of the pages You can imagine the terror and you can witness the tragedy You have to read this Any person that can jump into a forest that is blazing and a world crashing around you, with nothingthen a back pack of MRE s, water, a rope and a Pulaski axe A worn out Lonesome Dove novel and a flask of Jack Daniels Is a man I would love to meet, shake hands with and buy him a shot.Fantastic Read Hey, Hollywood If you can ever get passed the comic books and sequals You might just learn something here

  9. Joe Joe says:

    When Mare and I visited the smokejumper base in Winthrop, WA, we were able to meet and talk with a couple smokejumpers, see their equipment, tour their facility, and see one of their airplanes One of the smokejumpers that we talked to recommended Murry A Taylor s book, Jumping Fire, A Smokejumper s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire, as a way of finding out what it is really like to be a smokejumper.Well, if smokejumping is like this book, I would say that it rambles and is fairly pointless As I rea When Mare and I visited the smokejumper base in Winthrop, WA, we were able to meet and talk with a couple smokejumpers, see their equipment, tour their facility, and see one of their airplanes One of the smokejumpers that we talked to recommended Murry A Taylor s book, Jumping Fire, A Smokejumper s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire, as a way of finding out what it is really like to be a smokejumper.Well, if smokejumping is like this book, I would say that it rambles and is fairly pointless As I read Jumping Fire, I kept expecting that a plot would develop, that there would be some kind of central theme, and that it would come to some kind of conclusion in the end My expectations were unfounded Jumping Fire tells about fires that Murray A Taylor fought One after another Some big, some small Some harrowing, some boring But in the end, they were all just fires I got really tired of reading about fires.While Jumping Fire captures an aspect of a smokejumper s life, I think there must be somethingto it Yes they fight fires, but why What motivates them Do they get any satisfaction out of the job that they do, protecting the lives and property of others Or is it just to pay the bills I am sure there are answers to these questions, but Jumping Fire didn t provide them

  10. Chad Chad says:

    The last few years of an older in smokejumping terms smoke jumper and his crew teammates up in Alaska I guess to gauge when I started this book it was just after some Hot Shots died in a forest fire, I guess the one in Arizona, perhaps. Yarnell That occurred July 10, 2013 so I guess it s taken me some time to get through this one There s something about these types of jobs that interests me I used to jump out of cargo planes during my military time, so my A.D.D mind wandered int The last few years of an older in smokejumping terms smoke jumper and his crew teammates up in Alaska I guess to gauge when I started this book it was just after some Hot Shots died in a forest fire, I guess the one in Arizona, perhaps. Yarnell That occurred July 10, 2013 so I guess it s taken me some time to get through this one There s something about these types of jobs that interests me I used to jump out of cargo planes during my military time, so my A.D.D mind wandered into smoke jumping, and I found this book It s interesting, a subject I like, and at times I feel that they Murry and teammates manage to capture and convey the feeling of living The writing style isn t truly captivating, but very mellow, but wasn t bad It seems that sometimes Murray put a little too much detail into his love life in the book I may have cringed a couple of times , but I can appreciate the general perspective of a lonely lifestyle, where team comraderie is the core of your social experience Years deployed contracting Now as my 40th bday is coming up, I realize that I can t just half start yet another job but it has been tempting An active lifestyle is what holds everything together, and to combine it with work winning Time to get outside and put a couple of miles on the road.

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10 thoughts on “Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire

  1. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    Taylor began smokejumping in 1965 and, near age fifty, finally quit after the summer of 2000, the worst fire season in half a century Smokejumpers are a bizarre breed who have to pass an extremely rigorous physical fitness test each year one thing they have to do is run 3 miles in 22 minutes and Marines say smokejumpers training is harder than boot camp before being allowed back into training Interestingly, one of them, Trooper, paid his own way to China in an attempt to convince the Chin Taylor began smokejumping in 1965 and, near age fifty, finally quit after the summer of 2000, the worst fire season in half a century Smokejumpers are a bizarre breed who have to pass an extremely rigorous physical fitness test each year one thing they have to do is run 3 miles in 22 minutes and Marines say smokejumpers training is harder than boot camp before being allowed back into training Interestingly, one of them, Trooper, paid his own way to China in an attempt to convince the Chinese they should begin smokejumping the large fires they have in China, but the Chinese said it was too lethal Jumping into a forest carries its own form of excitement They carry about 90 pounds of equipment including a 150 foot let down rope in case they land on the top of a tree we won t even discuss what happens if they land in a pond or river and Taylor tells of one jump in some redwood trees where the jumper snagged the top of a redwood, let himself down 150 feet and was still over fifty feet from the ground His partner had to work the fire line by himself and then saw down a smaller tree against the larger one so he could climb down Only problem was the concussion of the smaller tree against the larger almost knocked him out of the tree The jumpers work in tandem with other groups, including spotters in the planes they jump from who help measure wind drift and try to find the best place for them to land all the jumpers try to sleep on the plane since it may be the last chance they get for several days And then there are the air tankers, former military C 97s, huge four engine planes with radial engines, each having sixteen foot props, fifty six spark plugs, and fifty five gallons of oil, that haul sixteen 250 gallon tanks, each of which can be opened individually The fire retardant used in Alaska is a mixture of water, betonite clay, and ammonium phosphate fertilizer mixed with red dye It has few adverse effects, but it s best to be clear of the area because three thousand gallons of retardant is traveling at 130 miles per hour when released If the load is dropped too low, trees eight to twelve inches in diameter can be ripped out of the ground like matchsticks Taylor has a degree in forest management As a high school student, he was a rebel, accumulating a record number of detentions His tennis coach insisted he attend the prom, and his date with the daughter of the superintendent, a man who was considering whether to suspend or expel him from school, made a huge difference in his life He managed to get his act together and the girl s family encouraged him to attend college, something he had never even considered a possibility The knowledge of forestry is certainly an important element in the training of a smokejumper Knowing that birch tree resin is much less flammable than that of black spruce and white spruce, and that the birch leaf litter holds water well and quickly decomposes into soil can help determine where to create fire breaks Night air and birch trees can stop a wall of fire in a matter of minutes Taylor has seen animals run to small clumps of birch to escape fires and survive unscathed Of course, sometimes the animals can create problems of their own, and Taylor recounts one episode where they had to watch out for marauding bears foraging through their cache of food and other essential supplies It was amusing to hear of intrepid menthan willing to take on a forest fire, but completely intimidated by a large brown bear

  2. K.T. K.T. says:

    Good book if you want to learn about smokejumpimg by a smokejumpeI first learned about Jumping Fire by Murry Taylor in 2008 from a now defunct forum for wildland firefighters I am not a wildland firefighter but I needed to learnabout wildland firefighting I was looking for good books to read I recall enjoying Murry s book, it was a good read and learned a lot I recently wanted to reread Jumping Fire so I ordered the kindle version.Murry Taylor takes us through his 1991 smokejumping sea Good book if you want to learn about smokejumpimg by a smokejumpeI first learned about Jumping Fire by Murry Taylor in 2008 from a now defunct forum for wildland firefighters I am not a wildland firefighter but I needed to learnabout wildland firefighting I was looking for good books to read I recall enjoying Murry s book, it was a good read and learned a lot I recently wanted to reread Jumping Fire so I ordered the kindle version.Murry Taylor takes us through his 1991 smokejumping season, where he was based in Fairbanks Alaska with deployments to the lower 48 late in the season He was a smokejumper of many years, one of the older smokejumpers He does spend some time writing about his earlier experiences and you may learnthan you want to about his love life.This time around, I enjoyed reading about his experiences working wildfires His words enabled me to be a participant observer while jumping fires and also while sitting around waiting for the call I also enjoyed getting to know other smokejumpers as well as getting to know a little about Alaska.I am always interested in learningabout wildland firefighting If you want to learnabout the important role that smokejumpers play in fighting wildfires and something about life on the fireline, then this book is for you

  3. Mark Cross Mark Cross says:

    Jumping Fire is a passionate, thrilling, yet easy to read account of Alaska Smokejumper Murry Taylor This edge of your seat first person account of the 1991 fire season will keep you reading Vivid stories, lightly interetwined with the rollercoaster love life afforded by wildland firefighing, help propel this wonderful book through its chapters.Taylor became Alaska s oldest Smokejumper in 1995, yet continued until his retirement at the end of the historic 2000 season Even if you ve never been Jumping Fire is a passionate, thrilling, yet easy to read account of Alaska Smokejumper Murry Taylor This edge of your seat first person account of the 1991 fire season will keep you reading Vivid stories, lightly interetwined with the rollercoaster love life afforded by wildland firefighing, help propel this wonderful book through its chapters.Taylor became Alaska s oldest Smokejumper in 1995, yet continued until his retirement at the end of the historic 2000 season Even if you ve never been on a fireline, eating smoke and chasing down flames, you ll enjoy Jumping Fire

  4. Jim Donovan Jim Donovan says:

    Fascinating memoir Living in the west wildland firefighting is a big deal and of vital importance Author Murray Taylor is able to put on paper what it is like to have such a terrifying job My son worked wildland fire fighting for years so I am firmiliar Murray Taylor took it to the next level with this memoir.

  5. Timothy M. Dowling Timothy M. Dowling says:

    Who would have thought what a great read this would be.I picked this up on a whim, and have had a difficult time putting it down Mr Taylor writes with great skill about a field of which I have very little little knowledge of Where was this book 50 years ago when I could have given it a try Should be on everyone s Buck List.

  6. Sandy Sandy says:

    Reads like fiction, but detailed and personal I have read other smokejumpers experiences This was the best.

  7. Rochelle Rochelle says:

    So exciting

  8. Brad H Brad H says:

    I read this book and was truely amazed We read about stories of wild fires and we hear about them on the news But, we really have no concept of what it takes and what these brave men and women do.Here is a riveting and humerous, tragic and exilerating sic true and 1st hand account of their lives, work, tragedy and love of the fight.Mr Taylor became the oldest and one of the best fire jumpers in history Litterally being forced to a desk job after all of the cartilage had been destroyed in hi I read this book and was truely amazed We read about stories of wild fires and we hear about them on the news But, we really have no concept of what it takes and what these brave men and women do.Here is a riveting and humerous, tragic and exilerating sic true and 1st hand account of their lives, work, tragedy and love of the fight.Mr Taylor became the oldest and one of the best fire jumpers in history Litterally being forced to a desk job after all of the cartilage had been destroyed in his knees, after 20 years of Smoke jumping.Jumping into a forest of fire would not be a career choice for 99% of the general population But, for some there is a call Murray Taylor was one of those that found his calling, thrived in it, taught the new recruits, loved,cried and faught the good fight.Not only is he one of the best Smoke Jumpers But, he is a fantastic writer He brings you right into the fire and you can feel the heat from the edge of the pages You can imagine the terror and you can witness the tragedy You have to read this Any person that can jump into a forest that is blazing and a world crashing around you, with nothingthen a back pack of MRE s, water, a rope and a Pulaski axe A worn out Lonesome Dove novel and a flask of Jack Daniels Is a man I would love to meet, shake hands with and buy him a shot.Fantastic Read Hey, Hollywood If you can ever get passed the comic books and sequals You might just learn something here

  9. Joe Joe says:

    When Mare and I visited the smokejumper base in Winthrop, WA, we were able to meet and talk with a couple smokejumpers, see their equipment, tour their facility, and see one of their airplanes One of the smokejumpers that we talked to recommended Murry A Taylor s book, Jumping Fire, A Smokejumper s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire, as a way of finding out what it is really like to be a smokejumper.Well, if smokejumping is like this book, I would say that it rambles and is fairly pointless As I rea When Mare and I visited the smokejumper base in Winthrop, WA, we were able to meet and talk with a couple smokejumpers, see their equipment, tour their facility, and see one of their airplanes One of the smokejumpers that we talked to recommended Murry A Taylor s book, Jumping Fire, A Smokejumper s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire, as a way of finding out what it is really like to be a smokejumper.Well, if smokejumping is like this book, I would say that it rambles and is fairly pointless As I read Jumping Fire, I kept expecting that a plot would develop, that there would be some kind of central theme, and that it would come to some kind of conclusion in the end My expectations were unfounded Jumping Fire tells about fires that Murray A Taylor fought One after another Some big, some small Some harrowing, some boring But in the end, they were all just fires I got really tired of reading about fires.While Jumping Fire captures an aspect of a smokejumper s life, I think there must be somethingto it Yes they fight fires, but why What motivates them Do they get any satisfaction out of the job that they do, protecting the lives and property of others Or is it just to pay the bills I am sure there are answers to these questions, but Jumping Fire didn t provide them

  10. Chad Chad says:

    The last few years of an older in smokejumping terms smoke jumper and his crew teammates up in Alaska I guess to gauge when I started this book it was just after some Hot Shots died in a forest fire, I guess the one in Arizona, perhaps. Yarnell That occurred July 10, 2013 so I guess it s taken me some time to get through this one There s something about these types of jobs that interests me I used to jump out of cargo planes during my military time, so my A.D.D mind wandered int The last few years of an older in smokejumping terms smoke jumper and his crew teammates up in Alaska I guess to gauge when I started this book it was just after some Hot Shots died in a forest fire, I guess the one in Arizona, perhaps. Yarnell That occurred July 10, 2013 so I guess it s taken me some time to get through this one There s something about these types of jobs that interests me I used to jump out of cargo planes during my military time, so my A.D.D mind wandered into smoke jumping, and I found this book It s interesting, a subject I like, and at times I feel that they Murry and teammates manage to capture and convey the feeling of living The writing style isn t truly captivating, but very mellow, but wasn t bad It seems that sometimes Murray put a little too much detail into his love life in the book I may have cringed a couple of times , but I can appreciate the general perspective of a lonely lifestyle, where team comraderie is the core of your social experience Years deployed contracting Now as my 40th bday is coming up, I realize that I can t just half start yet another job but it has been tempting An active lifestyle is what holds everything together, and to combine it with work winning Time to get outside and put a couple of miles on the road.

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