Length: 20 minutes
Home use price : $14.95
In 1988, Yellowstone
National Park seemed on the verge of being destroyed by flames
as forest fires raged across the region. People
living and working in the park began to fear for their lives.
The news media proclaimed a disaster imminent. Old Faithful
Inn was very nearly lost to the fires.
stimulated the largest fire-fighting effort in the history
of such events. There were 10,000 fire-fighters.
The full force of the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park
Service, dozens of smaller agencies, even the Army and the
Marines were struggling to control the fires... hoping to save Yellowstone
Park. Millions of dollars were spent.
The fires of that
summer were portrayed as the "end of Yellowstone as we
know it." One hundred bulldozers raked the landscape,
forty-five helicopters shuttled water, and yet man couldnt
control the flames. It seemed Yellowstone Park was
truly being destroyed as the drama unfolded on the
evening news each day.
in September, it snowed, and it was this act of nature that
brought the fires under control. Something man could not do...
something nature has been doing for millions of years. As it
turns out, fires have been a natural part of the Yellowstone
region for millennia. Fires have always molded and shaped the
character of this area.
Aerial footage shot
the following spring shows that Yellowstone Park was not burned
up. There are expanses of unburned forest between the burned
patches. The burned areas turn out to be only a small part
of Yellowstone. In time-lapse photography,
pine seedlings erupt from the ground to replace burned trees.
Sunlight has been let into the forest, and burned meadows become
extraordinary displays of spring flowers as
new life surges in to fill the void.
There was concern
for the wildlife during the fires. Their reaction was a surprise. Grazing
animals were often seen only a hundred yards from
an active forest fire. The animals continued their daily activities
paying the fires scant attention. Life went on very much as
it always had.
video captures the drama that gripped us all
during that summer, and reveals the truth about what was really
taking place. We see coyotes continuing to hunt for mice even
as the landscape around them is still smoking. This video is
a moving document about the real power of nature.
is a work in progress... it is indeed an "Unfinished Song."
• helps me • March 19, 2010
Reviewer: eday13 • washington
this video will help me with my project for school
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