The U.S. Forest Service has about 320 smokejumpers that work from seven bases located in following areas:
West Yellowstone, Montana
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also has smokejumpers at two bases in Boise, Idaho and Fairbanks, Alaska.
Smokejumpers travel all over the country, including Alaska, to provide highly-trained, experienced firefighters and leadership for quick initial attack on wildland fires in remote areas. Fire fighting tools, food and water are dropped by parachute to the firefighters after they land near the fire making them self-sufficient for the first 48 hours. Most smokejumpers work from late spring through early fall.