"Wildfire: Feel The Heat"

Robert M. Winston reviews a new large-screen film spotlighting the brave men and women who fight wildfires.


"Wildfire: Feel The Heat" is truly a unique movie production. The large-screen movie captures the essence of wildland fire, focuses in on the arsenal of tools used in wildland firefighting, and brings you up close and personal with the extraordinarily brave dedicated men and women who love to...


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Production Facts

Fifteen men and women made up the Discovery Pictures production crew. Everyone passed mandatory basic wildfire training, including the physical fitness test, thus allowing the crew to be issued Interagency Red Cards. They all became wildland firefighters. The crew covered nearly a dozen wildfires in California, the northwestern United States and in Australia. The movie took nearly two years to complete at a cost of $5 million.

The movie used 11 specially designed exterior camera mounts on various firefighting aircraft. Every mount had to be FAA approved. On the ground the camera was at times covered with bulletproof glass and wrapped in protective gear to withstand large water drops and the heat of the fires.

"Wildfire: Feel The Heat" is not a Hollywood fantasy film. It is the real thing, filmed on location during the heat of the battle. This is one of the must-see films of 1999 and is an exciting sensory experience for people of all ages. It's not just for firefighters. Your family and friends will better understand this type of firefighting by viewing this unique, entertaining and educational film.

The movie is showing at IMAX and OMNI theaters at selected locations across the country. A "Wildfire" website at Discovery Channel Online (www.wildfire.discovery.com) provides additional information and movie location schedules.

Robert M. Winston