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Video Library

This is a collection of fire prevention and education videos relevant to wildland fire management in Indian Country. Not all videos were produced by the BIA.

About BIA Fire Management


A 6 minute video about the Bureau of Indian Affairs Aviation Program. 

Prescribed Burning and Traditional Ecological Knowledge


"Native Fire" discusses Native American's historic use of fire and addresses how traditional practices in the southern plains states have influenced its modern-day application. In it, fire research specialists speak to this history and address some of the complex challenges facing landscapes today. The 13-minute video also explains why fire is an essential and timeless tool that is necessary for maintaining and restoring ecosystems that evolved with fire. When safely applied by professionals at the right time, in the right way, for the right reasons, these prescribed fires reduce vegetation buildup, help protect our communities and restores our fire-dependent ecosystems. 

Catching Fire tells a compelling story of how a small but committed group of local, tribal, state and federal land managers are bringing back the use of prescribed fire as a tool to protect communities and ecosystems across Northern California. It examines the use of fire by the Karuk Tribe of California, and the connection between the rise of megafires across the West and the last century of fire suppression. Drawing on interviews with fire scientists, tribal and federal land managers, and fire-savvy residents, this film provides insight on how our relationship to fire can be restored through strategic use of prescribed fire, a powerful management tool. 


A vignette of Yolanda Yallup, wildland firefighter with the BIA Forestry and Wildland Fire Management - Northwest Region discusses her experience at the N. California Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) - which targeted women participants (WTREX 2016). 

Wildfire Prevention


Learn about how and why the Pikunii (Blackfeet) people transported fire from one camp to another as they traveled along historical migration routes by watching a 12-minute video interview with Pikunii elder Marvin Weatherwax as he describes the importance, technology, and use of the Fire Carrier by visiting the Fireworks Web Page


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