Season 29, Episode 17 Fire Wars

First Aired: May 7, 2002

Following smoke jumpers and “hotshots” as they fight forest fires during 2000---“the fire summer from hell,” says Bruce Babbitt, the secretary of the interior at the time. The program also examines why forest fires have gotten worse in recent years as it charts firefighting strategies during the 20th century. The principal reason: the goal of “100 percent suppression,” which leads to excessive forest undergrowth. Says Arizona State University historian Steve Pyne: “We've tried to fight fire as though it were a war, and it's probably not going to work much better than the war on drugs.” Stacy Keach narrates.

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