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Wildfires 2014: Inside the Inferno

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There comes a point during an interminable sequence, in which Kate Humble and an Australian fireman sit in a van testing the heat levels of fire, when you might sob, “Yes, I get it. Fire is hot and it burns. Now GET ON WITH IT.”

Never has a documentary been so laboured as it deals with something so fundamentally simple: fire destroys and if you want to put out a fire, you have to dump lots and lots of water on it.

Of course, there’s a certain atavistic fascination with watching a gigantic fire on the rampage, and the firefighters of New South Wales have a remarkably difficult and dangerous job. But Humble and Simon Reeve are excitable distractions.


The concluding part of the programme highlighting the work of New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Simon Reeve joins an aerial operation as a crew waterbombs a new wildfire spreading dangerously fast in a remote national park, and Kate Humble experiences first-hand what it's like to be inside a firefighting truck as the flames approach. The pair also investigate what makes wildfires so unpredictable, what causes extreme infernos such as fire tornados and explore why wind can be a firefighter's worst enemy.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Simon Reeve
Executive Producer Edwina Silver
Series Producer Lucy van Beek

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