Jim Deeds Interview, July 30, 1984


Jim Deeds


Renée Gouaux



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Jim Deeds describes his experiences working as a smokejumper from 1964 to 1968, primarily based out of Missoula, Montana, with some time spent in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and New Mexico. He discusses an incident in which he and his twin brother jumped a two-man fire together which resulted in the U.S. Forest Service establishing a new policy concerning brothers working together. Deeds analyzes some of the policy changes that have occurred between the 1960s and 1980s regarding professional jumpers, women jumpers, and the “let burn” policy.

Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Forest fires Montana; Smokejumping Social aspects

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use of this item. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 133-025

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (67 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (23 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:11:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_025.mp3; OH_133_025.pdf

Jim Deeds Interview, July 30, 1984
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