More than 430 people packed the house to watch the movie Red Skies of Montana and help raise money for The International Fire Relief Mission. The screening was part of the International Association of Wildland’s 11th Annual Wildland Fire Safety Summit, held earlier this month.
“The wildland firefighting community’s generosity is amazing,” said IFRM President Ron Gruening. “Nearly every fire department we work with in developing countries must deal with wildland and urban interface fires. The need is clearly there, and thanks to IAWF, we are gaining the resources to meet some of those needs.”
Red Skies of Montana was shown at the Wilma Theater in Missoula, Mont.—the same theater where the movie originally premiered in 1952. The movie depicts smokejumpers battling the Mann Gulch fire of 1949. The conference featured several noted speakers who addressed the role of stories in wildland fire fighting.