Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

Smokejumpers who survived a “gobbler” of a wildfire in 1961 will recount their harrowing expertise in an upcoming movie on Montana PBS. “Higgins Ridge,” named for location of the fireplace in Idaho’s Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, will air Monday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m.

Within the movie, 12 of the 20 smokejumpers who jumped onto Higgins Ridge on Aug. 4, 1961, share the story of how the fireplace surrounded them, forcing them to shelter in place. About three hours later, helicopter pilot Rod Snider managed to land on the ridge in smoke and wind and shuttle the smokejumpers to security. Snider, now 92 years previous, is featured within the documentary together with lots of his unique photographs taken in 1961.

“This can be a story that, for 60 years, by no means was shared past a number of smokejumper circles,” producer Breanna McCabe mentioned. “I didn’t consider it after I first heard it. However when a dozen males who had been there all corroborate the identical sequence of unbelievable occasions, I knew it was time for the general public to listen to it.”

A big portion of the interviews had been collected in 2019 as a part of the Nationwide Museum of Forest Service Historical past’s Higgins Ridge Oral Historical past Undertaking.

The museum partnered with Montana PBS producer Breanna McCabe for technical help recording the interviews, and McCabe collected extra interviews and supplies to weave the tales into one fascinating hourlong movie.

To view movie particulars, go to higginsridge.org. Viewers can watch stay on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on watch.montanapbs.org/livestream or from the Montana PBS Fb web page.

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