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Of the 25 or so places I’ve fire-jumped into, none was more aes­thetic than the Mokelumne Wilder­ness in California’s Stanis­laus Na­tional For­est. We camped in a meadow and hiked 2 miles to reach the blaze (called the Irene Fire). That en­tire area is sur­rounded by thou­sand-year-old lim­ber pines and boul­ders the size of houses. I’d hiked through the High Sierra be­fore, but this felt like a sa­cred place, es­pe­cially with morn­ing sun stream­ing through the smoke and trees. We spent a week there, work­ing our way around the 95-acre fire to con­tain it.

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