Video Links

Bastrop, Texas – Five Years after a Wildfire
Not all wildfires are bad. Kari Hines, a wildfire specialist in Texas, explains more about how wildfire can cause harm as well as be beneficial to the environment. 

A Better Way to Think about Wildland Forest
From the USDA Forest Service
This video explores what makes fire in the West unique and demonstrates the importance and benefits of healthy fire to forest ecosystems.

Climate Change Is Part of California’s Perfect Recipe for Intense Wildfire
From PBS NewsHour
Long before the current devastation in California, scientists had built a strong case linking a changing climate to more wildfires. Since hotter weather promotes drought and drought increases the chances of fire, rising temperatures have intensified the risks.

Firefighters Battle the Infernos of Climate Change
From National Geographic
Colorado firefighter Don Whittemore has battled some of the state's fiercest forest fires over the past several decades. He and others in his profession are now increasingly responding to record-breaking blazes as a result of higher temperatures caused by climate change. Drier and disease-ridden forests have accelerated the scale and intensity of the flames, creating a volatile situation for those on the front lines of the fight. Production company The Story Group documents the experiences of Whittemore and other firefighters as they weigh the risks of combatting escalating infernos. "On a day-to-day basis, we're being surprised, and in this business, surprise is what kills people," says Whittemore.

History of Smokey Bear
From the Public Resource Org
Learn about the history of the Smokey Bear wildland fire prevention campaign. 

Little Smokey: The True Story of America’s Forest Fire Preventin’ Bear
From the Internet Archive
A 1953 video about Smokey Bear as told by Hopalong Cassidy. 

The Real Smokey Bear Part 2
From New Mexico Game & Fish
In the summer of 1950, forest fires swept New Mexico's Capitan Mountains. Firefighting crews rescued a small black bear cub clinging to a tree. They called the burned cub "Hotfoot Teddy," but he was soon renamed "Smokey Bear" after the character in the poster. This is actual footage from historic film reels.

San Juan National Forest Campfire Patrol
From SWC Wildfire Coalition
A ride along with Fire Prevention Patrol Officer Anthony Garcia gives a first-hand look at what’s involved in enforcing fire restrictions and ensuring communities stay safe from abandoned and unattended campfires.

The Science of Wildfires
From SciShow
So, what is fire, exactly? What causes fires in the wild, and how do we put them out? SciShow answers your burning questions about the science of fire.

White Cap Wilderness Fire Study – 45th Anniversary Video
From the USDA Forest Service
The 1971-1974 White Cap Wilderness Fire Study initiated a change in the Forest Service approach to wildfires from fire control to fire management.  This is the story about the study as told by some of the researchers, technicians, and managers during their 45th Anniversary reunion.

Wildfires 101
From National Geographic
What are wildfires and how do they start? Learn how we can prevent destructive wildfires, and how we can manage wildfires to improve the health of forests.


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