The Sky is Burning

Last week we told you about boring wildfires. This week, what its like to be right in the middle of a decidedly *not* boring fire.  And the fires that have been in the news are decidedly not boring.

That’s what you’re going to hear about today. And you’re going to hear it from our friends over at the Outside Podcast, from Outside Magazine.

There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed to be like that, but things turned out differently. And Greg and Julie Welch were camping right in its path.

This week’s episode was produced and edited by Peter Frick-Wright, with writing and sound design by Robbie Carver. It was based on a story that originally appeared in Outside Magazine in 2013, by writer Frank Bures.

Special thanks in this episode to Matt Micas and Anne Bailey.

The story was made with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of Science, Technology, and Economic Performance. More at sloan dot org.

The Outside Podcast is a production of Outside Magazine and PRX.

Our theme music is by Brake Master Cylinder.

And Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio.