This was last fall so maybe I'm late to this video, but even so, I can't believe no one sent this to me and I didn't see it anywhere.
Wow. How are you supposed to describe this fire? It's not even just a fire. It's like a fire ocean. The trees burning like coals in a grill as they're still standing is exactly what hell looks like in all of my nightmares. Except those are just scary imaginary ideas in my sleep that usually for whatever reason also involve me not being able to find my pants, not scary realities where I'm actually going into the smoke to search for people to save. Brave doesn't even begin to describe these officers.
I have to admit that as a Midwesterner I've never even come close to knowing what these yearly western fires are like. To me, wildfires always just been TV helicopter blips that make someone in the room say, "Aren't we lucky?" Holy schnikes yes we are. Lucky's hardly even the start of it. We get tornadoes and floods, which are no doubt catastrophes and hugly devastating, but nothing scares me more than the idea of being unable to see or breathe for miles in every direction. Getting stranded at sea is torture. Getting stranded in a sea of fire is death. Nature is so powerful. Thank God we had John Denver to nail down why it's so important to enjoy it when it's good.
As far as fire prevention goes, I know forest fires from lightning are a part of the life cycle and sometimes good--maybe not to the extent that prairie fires are in creating soil nutrients but hey, in elementary school here we learned about prairies, not trees--but man, Smokey the Bear needs to step up his game. Get more in our faces about it. He's always serious but in a calm way. Maybe that's because he's seen so much death and despair that that's as controlled as he can be, his PTSD coping for a government employed bear. But we're not talking about controlled fires here, Smokey, so paint us a picture of the true flamed horrors our carelessness can create. Study some of the gametape from "The Revenant" and have a Q and A with the bear that came into the bear colony and ate the Grizzly Man. Also watch some footage of James Harrison working out. Learn their moves and then just remember you're not trying to kill us like they tried/did, you're trying to scare the crap out of us so we don't kill us and everything else.