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Rufus Robinson is the answer for Week 360 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: The first anywhere

Tuesday: He had particular gear.

Wednesday: July 1940

Rufus Robinson made the first parachute jump to control a forest fire in the United States on July 12, 1940 at Marten Creek in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of the Nez Perce National Forest. He was one of the men that pioneered smokejumping.

Rufus Robinson, the first smokejumper is shown with one of the planes in the background.

This certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Forest Service was issued in 1984 recognizing his as being the first parachute jump to fight a forest fire.

Pioneer smokejumpers shown from left are: Rufus Robinson, Frank Derry and Earl Cooley.

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