smoke jumper


Definition of smoke jumper

: a forest firefighter who parachutes to locations otherwise difficult to reach

Examples of smoke jumper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aircraft can carry up to 10 smoke jumpers with full gear or pallets of equipment and supplies like bottled water, MREs, hoses, pumps and other equipment that's pushed out the back to float down to ground crews via parachute. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Firefighting planes and their crews spotlighted at EAA AirVenture," 27 July 2019 But by Thursday, there were 24 firefighters, mostly state crews plus two smoke jumpers. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "As fire crews work to save historic lodge on Iditarod Trail, evacuated workers return to cook for them," 26 July 2019 By Wednesday afternoon, the weather cleared enough to allow crews into the fire including some smoke jumpers and a 14-person helitack squad from the Plumas National Forest in California, according to public information officer Sarah Saarloos. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Fast-moving wildfire prompts evacuation of more than two dozen people at Iditarod checkpoint lodge," 25 July 2019 Eight smoke jumpers arrived at the fire at 9:45 p.m. and worked until 2 a.m. containing the fire. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Rain briefly calms wildfire near Fairbanks, but hundreds of structures remain in danger," 2 July 2019 California is also home base to 36 smoke jumpers, 18 bulldozers, 50 water tenders and 273 fire engines, said Tony Scardina, the Forest Service’s deputy regional forester. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t," 20 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'smoke jumper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of smoke jumper

1927, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about smoke jumper

Time Traveler for smoke jumper

Time Traveler

The first known use of smoke jumper was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Statistics for smoke jumper

Cite this Entry

“Smoke jumper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on smoke jumper

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with smoke jumper

Comments on smoke jumper

What made you want to look up smoke jumper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!