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Russian Smokejumpers

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Wet Against Wild
Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Unlike city firefighters, who have an ample supply of water at hand, smokejumpers must use water sparingly, as they have to carry it on their backs to the fire line. “Piss pumps”—back-mounted bladders with hand pumps—are used mostly to extinguish the edge of backfires, which are set to deprive a wildfire of its fuel.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Provia 100
Lens: 20-35mm 2.8 zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: 6 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Fill flash

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