Yellowstone Aflame, 20 Years Later

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Job # 6332 Yellowstone Aflame, 20 Years Later

Posted Date
Feb 21, 2008 @ 00:39
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Feb 23, 2008
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English (North American)
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Job Description

This will be a 7-9 minute bonus feature for our "Yellowstone Aflame" DVD.

Please find a portion of the script below for audition purposes. Full script available in attachment.

Yellowstone National Park feels like a timeless landscape. Geysers have kept reliable pace for hundreds of years. The animals here attune their lives to the rhythms of the seasons. The landscape itself steadily cycles between green abundance and snowy slumber. Throughout the years, Yellowstone’s natural wonders remain, seemingly unchanged.

But twenty years ago, a larger force stepped in, altering the landscape as we had never witnessed before. Changing it quite literally in an instant.

1988. On the heels of a cool, rainy spring, summer arrived with a vengeance. Temperatures soared. The warm air triggered massive thunderheads, which delivered thousands of lightning strikes. By the end of June, small fires were burning around Yellowstone. Park officials initially allowed these small fires to burn, waiting for the usual summer rains to drench the fires.

But the rains never came. Instead, heavy winds arrived, fanning the flames. By the middle of July, violent lightning storms delivered a new round of strikes. The National Park Service launched a frontal assault on the fires, but humans firefighters proved no match for a parched landscape ready to burn. The wind whipped flames to heights of over 200 feet and raged day and night. They jumped firelines, roads, and even the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

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