How Fighting Wildfires Works

  • Published: 11 September 2018
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
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    Alec Watson, Andrew J Thom, Braam Snyman, Bryan Yip, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harry Hendel, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki, Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, KyQuan, Phong, manoj kasyap govindaraju, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Robin Pulkkinen, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, Tim Robinson

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    Select footage courtesy the AP Archive

    #wildfire #explained #educational

Comments • 1 439

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   1 years back

    I hope you guys enjoy this video! It's obviously quite an enormous topic that people will spend years studying condensed down into a ten-minute video so this isn't the comprehensive guide to stopping wildfires but for those that know nothing about wildfire suppression techniques I hope this will be interesting and informative!

    • Trumpet Courses
      Trumpet Courses  4 days back

      Wendover Productions where I live we don’t have any smoke jumpers and it is in California where it is 100 degrees or 120

    • alan6832
      alan6832  2 months back

      Why do I see no mention of tanker trucks in the video? Wouldn't such trucks be important to enhancing the road as a firebreak (and tanker trains for railroads)?? Otherwise the same way you describe use of aircraft? except with the advantage of lower cost ? and the disadvantage of being limited to roads? or perhaps some grasslands? Do tanker trucks get used extensively against wildfires? or do fire trucks just transport men and hand tools?

    • Luis Juárez
      Luis Juárez  3 months back

      Wendover Productions could you give us a vid on controlled mining explosions?
      I’ve been curious on the subject due to the Amazonia wildfires and that got me thinking on those very long controlled explosions that are used in mining. They seem to move a lot of dirt in a very short amount of time; question is, are they cheap and easy to deploy?

    • ThatGoodGuess
      ThatGoodGuess  3 months back

      Woah Redding seems familiar... hmmm I wonder

  • Giancarlo Goes
    Giancarlo Goes  12 hours back

    Lmaoooo you live in Redding..

    My teacher from there c:

    • Max Mason
      Max Mason  15 hours back

      phos chek is cheaper then gas in California

      • Unitedpotato plays
        Unitedpotato plays  2 days back

        Dat fire AINT AS BIG AS MY COUNTRY 40 KLOMETERS FIRE so I am dead and million of people ☹️

        • Dual Gaming
          Dual Gaming  3 days back

          Gl Aussie

          • Flash Linsh
            Flash Linsh  3 days back

            This is 😢 sad

            • Malthe føns dissing
              Malthe føns dissing  3 days back

              When the plane come from abobe they need to say “its death from above”

              • seduktive ladd
                seduktive ladd  3 days back

                Why isn't it free since your trying to save lives

                • DENOYS PAY IT FORWARD SCAM

                  Rip sydney

                  • ArtyTheGamer 19
                    ArtyTheGamer 19  3 days back

                    I’m in 2019 and right now NSW is having A BIG BUSHFIRE

                    I hope I make it

                    • QANTAS 001
                      QANTAS 001  3 days back

                      Please do this to Australia, I am gonna die
                      Edit: phew I am not dead

                      • Cruz Florez
                        Cruz Florez  4 days back

                        Bless these people

                        • Jason Viper
                          Jason Viper  5 days back

                          WELP people from CALI didn't watch this video

                        • Heather H
                          Heather H  5 days back

                          This was pretty helpful for me since I'm not from wildfire country and know little about fire science. I did know that wildfires are often a natural occurrence and necessary for a healthy forest, but was not aware of the specifics involved in containing a wildfire. Very interesting.

                          • Jabari Graham
                            Jabari Graham  6 days back

                            Fire force irl 😂

                            • theafi824
                              theafi824  6 days back

                              How to Stop a Wildfire: Anchor, Flank, & Pinch

                              • Dylan Shramko
                                Dylan Shramko  7 days back

                                How to stop a wildfire according to Wendover: *PLANES*

                                • JT112
                                  JT112  1 weeks back

                                  Forgot to mention hotshot crews. Awesome video though.

                                  • DeeRaptor
                                    DeeRaptor  1 weeks back

                                    Real life Rescue Heroes!

                                    • adamklam1
                                      adamklam1  1 weeks back

                                      this Seems relevant:

                                      • Youtube User
                                        Youtube User  2 weeks back

                                        Did a california company create this video? Hmmm..... ironic

                                        • Da Master
                                          Da Master  2 weeks back

                                          IT is ridiculous how they are not willing to pay 60k for a fireextinguishing chemicals but they spend billions on the Military.

                                          • Brian Schurr
                                            Brian Schurr  2 weeks back

                                            hehehe.. retardant..

                                            • TEHSTINK
                                              TEHSTINK  2 weeks back

                                              $60,000 sounds like a lot until it takes out a neighborhood

                                              • Max Que
                                                Max Que  3 weeks back

                                                Or, instead of lightning, PG&E cuts costs and doesn't maintain power lines, so a fucking downed line starts another 60k acre fire, while they cut off power to the rest of the state to cover up the fact that they caused houses to burn and lives to be lost.

                                                • Reno Raines
                                                  Reno Raines  3 weeks back

                                                  Airplanes Cost $$$$.....Send the check to PG&E

                                                  • Ceez B
                                                    Ceez B  3 weeks back

                                                    Who's here after all these Cali fires?

                                                    • Guadalupe Alvarado
                                                      Guadalupe Alvarado  3 weeks back


                                                      • ERROR_Anything
                                                        ERROR_Anything  3 weeks back


                                                        • S.
                                                          S.  3 weeks back

                                                          9:04 Real fires real fires real fires real fires real fires reel fires reel fighyers rheal fhy Yurz fy yurs fhyurs fhyyurs

                                                          • 15gladuis
                                                            15gladuis  3 weeks back

                                                            In Iowa we do control burns every single year

                                                            • Nova.exe
                                                              Nova.exe  3 weeks back

                                                              In June 2018 I was on a trip to Colorado and I had to evacuate our campground because of a wildfire it smelt like smoke all day everyday and we could see it about 20 miles away, it was huge

                                                              • Mace C
                                                                Mace C  4 weeks back

                                                                I saw it coming.

                                                                • Got Game
                                                                  Got Game  4 weeks back

                                                                  Slow it down? That’s just dangerous

                                                                  • BjornEverythingDy
                                                                    BjornEverythingDy  4 weeks back

                                                                    How to survive a wildfire

                                                                    Be the cameraman

                                                                    • Thomas Skinner
                                                                      Thomas Skinner  1 months back

                                                                      Wow. Smoke jumpers are actual level 1 million fire fighters 🤩🤩

                                                                      • Siri Serious
                                                                        Siri Serious  1 months back

                                                                        **Amazon Rainforest Fire Stops**

                                                                        • burt simmons
                                                                          burt simmons  2 months back

                                                                          So he made up that entire story

                                                                          • burt simmons
                                                                            burt simmons  2 months back

                                                                            So you made up that entire story ???

                                                                            • Kevin V
                                                                              Kevin V  2 months back

                                                                              Australia: Am I a Joke to You?

                                                                              • infinitecanadian
                                                                                infinitecanadian  2 months back

                                                                                We have to thank our firemen for their work.

                                                                                • Aldi Nazar Basuki Wijaya
                                                                                  Aldi Nazar Basuki Wijaya  2 months back

                                                                                  3:23 you are grilled

                                                                                  • Jacob IAm
                                                                                    Jacob IAm  2 months back

                                                                                    Great video!

                                                                                    • Marlon  Moncrieffe
                                                                                      Marlon Moncrieffe  2 months back

                                                                                      🎞 Anyone else here seen 'Only the Brave' (2017)?

                                                                                      • Mr. Ant
                                                                                        Mr. Ant  2 months back

                                                                                        Brazil government: I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that

                                                                                        • Evan Howse
                                                                                          Evan Howse  2 months back

                                                                                          I'm not sure if they already do this but if the dont they make the fire shelters out of aerogel?

                                                                                          • tox1c
                                                                                            tox1c  2 months back

                                                                                            can someone send this to the president of Brazil?

                                                                                            • One Chill Sloth
                                                                                              One Chill Sloth  2 months back

                                                                                              Just experienced the camp fire