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NOVA; Fire Wars



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Fire Wars
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Every year, uncontrollable wildfires ravage the American West, and every year armies of firefighters mobilize to save threatened wilderness and communities. NOVA accompanied the men and women of the Arrowhead Hotshots during the summer of 2000, as they worked on the biggest fire of the season, the Clear Creek fire that burned for almost two months. The program also looks back at a century of fire policy. This show combines action scenes with a look at the long relationship between humans and fire.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Fire Wars,” 03/28/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3428D3EDFE934B95AA5A57511073AB8C.
MLA: “NOVA; Fire Wars.” 03/28/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3428D3EDFE934B95AA5A57511073AB8C>.
APA: NOVA; Fire Wars. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3428D3EDFE934B95AA5A57511073AB8C
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