For Throwback Thursday we’re taking another look at a fascinating video we first featured on February 12, 2013:
The video photography of the skiers in this video is incredible. I can’t imagine how they manage to stay upright going over cliffs and landing in very deep powder. But the other thing is… they appear to be skiing through a wildland fire, a timber fire, that is still smoldering. I am not totally convinced that everything that looks like a burning snag is actually a burning snag, but it is very interesting, none the less.
Here is the official description of the video:
Skiing through the remains of last summer’s forest fires: Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the temperate mountain regions of the world. As destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated. As winter arrives in the burned forest, so do the skiers. They have come to celebrate new lines opened up by the previous summer’s fires that have now burned themselves out – or have they?
–A Santa Maria Judge said two local ranch-hands repairing a water pipe on a hot and windy day in the Santa Barbara County backcountry of southern California in 2007 did not recklessly cause the Zaca Fire. The Zaca Fire started on the Fourth of July and eventually burned more than 240,000 acres in and near the Los Padres National Forest.
–According to the National Fire and Aviation Executive Board Federal Agencies should have been transitioned to the New Generation Fire Shelter by January 1, 2009. All agencies, cooperators and contracted resources were to be transitioned by January 1, 2010.
–The Chevron Corporation announced that it had donated $500,000 to the State of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to help support the cost of battling the state’s severe wildfires that year.
—NASA began a study to examine the mission suitability of Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 fire retardant delivery aircraft. The planes to be studied were a DC-10 belonging to 10 Tanker Air Carrier LLC and a 747 owned by Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. The DC-10 tanker had already been successfully employed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in past wildfire suppression missions.
–U.S. Forest Service officials began investigating why a prescribed fire outside of Camp Sherman in Oregon burned out of control, jumping from a 31-acre planned burn to what became the 1,150-acre Wizard Fire.
–An Arizona corrections officer, Douglas Falconer, 46, apparently died of natural causes shortly after the crew began working to contain a fire near Lake Havasu City.
–The San Diego Gas and Electric Company, whose power lines are blamed for starting the 1970 Laguna fire and the 2007 Witch Creek fire, both over 100,000 acres, planned to de-energize some power lines during periods of extreme weather.
–In advance of the approaching Hurricane Gustav, predicted to hit land near New Orleans, three National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) teams and one National Park Service All Hazard team were prepositioned in Dallas, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.
–The San Francisco Fire Department used jet skis to transport hose from their fire boat to Yerba Buena Island where a fire was burning in an area with difficult access. Yerba Buena Island is in San Francisco Bay near the Bay Bridge.