Apache 8, documentary about all-female fire crew

Apache 8 fire crew

Apache 8 crew on a fire. Image courtesy of Aurelia Tate.

Apache 8, a documentary about an all-female Native American wildland fire crew, is making the rounds of film festivals and public television stations. So far it is scheduled to be shown on television stations in New Hampshire, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. (UPDATE: it will air in South Dakota on Sunday, May 8th at 3pm central/2pm mountain time on the main channel, SDPB 1.)

Information from a fact sheet about the film:

Apache 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters.

Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. Apache 8 weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time.

To find out when it will be airing on your local PBS station, go to the “station finder” and click “change”. After entering your zip code click “next” a couple of times. If it is not scheduled, there is an email link at the station finder which you can use to ask them to show it. If you discover any airing dates that are not already listed above, let us know in a comment.

Here is a trailer for the film:

More information:

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+

7 thoughts on “Apache 8, documentary about all-female fire crew

  1. watched a film on apache 8 today am so proud of them all, I had all emotions laughed,cried,pride,so much going on in my mind,wish more tribes could see and learn from these strong people..
    I was sent on a fire this year in az, the monument fire and had a chance to ment some(I’m a lookout in Oregon for 11 sesaoe) people from the apache tribe, they are warm hard working people , so glad to share in the fire family of az,thank you debra

  2. Just read a notice that the film is being shown at Keene State College Tues. Nov. 8th and the producer Heather Rae will be present and speak.
    Free and open to the public 7:30p.m.

  3. I completed my first season on a Hotshot crew out of the Southwest this year. I was the only female on the crew and I am wondering if there are any crews that have more women than men that I could apply for this coming up season. Thank you to whoever sees this that might have some information.

  4. Looks like a GREAT film that could be added to WildfireTUBE.Com in support of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation… fully depends on the intent, message, and purpose.

    Great story.

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