​SOHS Windows in Time: Southern Oregon’s Smokejumpers

SOHS Siskiyou base

The April Windows in Time program, “Southern Oregon’s Smokejumpers: Their Base of Danger,” takes an historic flight back to the beginning of the nation’s first airborne firefighters. Guest Speaker Paul Fattig, Author and retired Journalist, speaks about the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base in the Illinois Valley, one of the four original aerial firefighter bases in the US in 1943. The base was closed after the 1981 season and is now the home of the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum. During the 39 summers it operated, smokejumpers were deployed on 1,445 fires for 5,390 jumps – that’s roughly 142 deployments per year jumping on fires! 12pm-1pm. April 5 at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Avenue; and April 12 at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. WIT free lunchtime series are cosponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Jackson County Library services.


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