Beware – the season of forest fires in BC is nigh. FIRE BAD… unless it’s portrayed in a movie for our entertainment. Here are my top 3 fire scenes in film AND the top 3 takeways from wildland firefighting training that my firefighter friend Allan wants you to know
#3 fire tip: Never ever EVER throw cigarettes from car windows.
#3 movie scene: A young girl with telekinetic powers loses it at the prom, and starts an electrical fire in Carrie (1976)
#2 fire tip: If you live in an area where evacuation is possible, keep an emergency evacuation kit in your vehicle.
#2 movie scene: after a few false starts, Kurt Russel deals with the titular monster in the Thing (1982) in the original “kill it with fire” moment.
#1 fire tip: When given an evacuation order, comply immediately.
#1 movie scene: John Goodman runs down a blazing hotel hallway shouting “I will show you the life of the mind!” in the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink (1992)
Craving more pop culture on wildfires? Check out my podcast causticsodapodcast.com/2015/06/01/wildfires/