Thursday, August 19, 2010

VBS.TV - The Oregon Fire Lines

The good folks over at Vice/VBS.TV were kind enough to give me the heads up on their new short documentary, "The Oregon Fire Lines." If you watched their recent online series, "Heimo's Arctic Refuge," you should be excited about this one too.  In the documentary, VBS.TV embed themselves with a group of forest fire firefighters from Medford, Oregon to see what the job entails. It looks like really, really hard work, but you can tell from the interviews that the guys who do the job enjoy it. There has to be something rewarding about being out in the woods with other hard-working people all day, busting your ass to keep people and places safe from forest fires. I spent the last weekend in Flagstaff, AZ and I saw the damage caused by the recent Schultz Fire, a huge blaze that tore up the San Francisco Peaks. It was caused by an abandoned campfire. Watch how hard these dudes up in Oregon work to prevent and extinguish forest fires and the way they put their lives on the line (literally). Keep it in mind the next time you're sure your fire's "mostly out."

The documentary is part the new "Americana" series that VBS is doing and hopefully there will be more to come. It's presented by Levi's and Filson. It looks like those brands have teamed up to make some sturdy work clothes - "Levi's Workwear by Filson." I found some photos here.

So, head on over to VBS.TV and watch "The Oregon Fire Lines" and peruse the other videos too. It's about 15 minutes long.

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