DRIVING FORCE The Transportation Security Administration's rigid airport security procedures have forced elite government firefighters to give up flying commercially and hit the road instead. During a heavy forest-fire season--such as the one currently winding down in the northwestern U.S.--a number of smoke-jumper and "helitack" firefighting crews may be deployed anywhere in the nation. The specialized teams are then flown by aircraft or helicopter to isolated areas and left to fight fires ...


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