Beavertail Hill State Park will host a special program on Friday, June 4 on the history of the first U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers. The program is set to begin at 8 p.m. at the state park’s amphitheater.
Missoula author Mark Matthews will present tales of men who volunteered for Civilian Public Service as U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers. Based in Missoula, the experimental smoke-jumping program began in 1939, but before the project could expand, the war effort drained available manpower. In 1942, the Civilian Public Service volunteers stepped in. Smoke jumping soon became the Forest Service's first line of defense against wildfires in the West.
The program is free and open to the public. To attend, travel 26 miles east of Missoula on I-90 and take the Beavertail Hill Exit. Follow signs to the state park.
Beavertail Hill State Park hosts programs every Friday evening at 8 p.m. from June 4-Aug. 27. For more information, please call Vernon Carroll at (406) 240-0155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.