- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

MARBLEMOUNT, Wash. (AP) - Nineteen smokejumpers have joined wildland firefighters on the ground to battle the Thunder Creek Fire in northwest Washington.

The 100-acre blaze is burning in rugged, steep terrain in North Cascades National Park. It was first detected on May 30. Officials believe it was sparked by a lightning strike.

The smokejumpers parachuted in on Thursday to work with the Whiskeytown firefighters. The crews are camping near the remote fire and are getting supplies via helicopter.

Officials opted to suppress the fire instead of letting it play its natural role in the wilderness ecosystem because of the high potential of wildfire this summer due to dry conditions.

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