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Work rekindles firefighting tales

by Sam Taylor |

Jul. 20--They average about 70 years old each, but that didn't stop the veteran smokejumpers from climbing around on the roof of a cabin roughly the same age this week.

Nine members of the National Smokejumper Association nailed new shingles onto the Shoshone Park cabin, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 near Mullan, Idaho. They remodeled the front porch and deck, too.

The men were smokejumpers -- firefighters who parachuted onto the front lines of remote wildfires -- in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, stationed out of Missoula with various crews.

About 150 smokejumpers take on remodeling projects for the...