Tonight on Discovery Channel, fan-favorite series YUKON MEN begins working its way back from the ashes–literally. Will fans have the patience to stick with the residents of Tanana as they work hard to find a new normal for their lives after a huge forest fire gutted their way of living?
One thing is for certain: Residents of Tanana are dedicated to their way of life, their village and each other. Last week, they fought the oncoming wildfire bravely and staunchly, not giving in for a moment. Courtney evacuated, but that appeared to be the right move, for a mom with young children to think about!
This week, it is time to find a new normal. Forest fires cause more than just the immediate problems of, well, everything burning down around you and a smoky scent lingering in the fresh air. The U.S. Forest Service studies the long-term effects of such disasters. On their website, they write:
Wildfire is a part of nature. It plays a key role in shaping ecosystems by serving as an agent of renewal and change. But fire can be deadly, destroying homes, wildlife habitat and timber, and polluting the air with emissions harmful to human health. Fire also releases carbon dioxide- a key greenhouse gas—into the atmosphere. Fire’s effect on the landscape may be long-lasting. Fire effects are influenced by forest conditions before the fire and management action taken or not taken after the fire.
There are a number of studies included on the U.S. Forest Service site that fans of YUKON MEN might be interested in reading. Some include the effects of forest fires on acorn production; carbon and climate; seeding; and watershed processes. The effects of these disasters can last for decades; it will be interesting to see how the YUKON MEN approach the challenge ahead. Tonight, according to Discovery Channel, on all-new episode, “From the Ashes”:
After Alaska’s largest wildfire ravages Tanana, the villagers must adapt their subsistence lifestyles to a new even harsher reality. Two young homesteaders embark upon a dangerous journey in the hopes of starting a new life on the Cosna.
We are certainly hoping for the best for all involved, Tanana and otherwise, for the long process of recovery ahead. Like other fans, we intend to stay tuned.
YUKON MEN is produced for Discovery Channel by Paper Route where Alan LaGarde and Nick Guettler are Executive Producers. Kyle Wheeler is Executive Producer and Brian Peterson is Coordinating Producer for Discovery Channel.
YUKON MEN airs on Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 10/9c.
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