National Geographic : 2019 May
THIS PHOTO A Fire Boss plane dumps water to aid a ground crew fighting Fire 320 in the Brooks Range in June 2016. The single-engine plane is fitted with pontoons that can slurp up and disgorge 800 gallons every few minutes—here from nearby Iniakuk Lake. PREVIOUS PHOTO Matt Oakleaf, camera mounted on his gear bag, drops behind the rest of his team to a landing site near smol- dering boreal forest. Jumpers can put on 100 pounds of gear and get on a plane in minutes. Their mission: extin- guish fires before they rage out of control.