Up in Flames: A History of Fire Fighting in the Forest

Up in Flames documentary

Up in Flames documents the development of North American fire detection, communication, and fire suppression technology from the inception of the lookout tower to the weather satellite. Historical footage shows the devastation of fires such as Idaho’s 1910 Big Blowup and Oregon’s 1933 Tillamook Burn. The impact of these catastrophic fires on the research and development of fire fighting technology is illustrated with scenes of hand tool use, fire plows, aerial tankers, and smokejumping. The multi-agency Operation Firestop in 1954 is highlighted as an example of the cooperative nature of the research and development effort. Vester Dick edited and produced Up in Flames in 1984. The narrated film runs 29 minutes, with segments in black and white and color. DVD copies are available at a cost of $20.00 plus shipping.