In 1987, while wildfires were burning over 90,000 acres in four separate areas, covering much of the Salmon River region in California, citizens of the town, Forks of the Salmon, set up a program to make life easier for the firefighters who had arrived from all over the USA. A woman works amongst many packages in a Community Relations office. She explains that they set up a compassion center for firefighters to make them feel more at home.They received more than 4 tons of contributions. She packs up chocolate chip cookies to be given to firefighters. She shows a box full of books donated to them.She is busy placing all manner of donated food items into boxes to be distributed to firefighters who are actively at work battling the 1987 forest fire. Camera shows a large envelope containing thankyou notes to firefighters. The woman expresses the community's appreciation for all they are doing.
Scene opens with music playing and a large sign displayed reading: "2:oo AM, Band, Forks of Salmon Fire Camp." (Forks of Salmon is an unincorporated community of Siskiyou County in northern California, USA.) A band (named 2:00 AM) is playing and several people are dancing. Announcer states that the band members lost their home in the (still uncontained) fire, last Monday (August 31, 1987). A firefighter member of a Rocky Mountain team from Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota, wearing yellow shirt and red cap, expresses appreciation for welcome by Californians.
The film chronicles events occurring during the California fire of 1987 in which 775 acres of forestry went up in flames and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage was incurred. An official speaks to media about the severe fire of California which was extraordinary in nature. He says that many of the fires have been taken care of and many have not been. He states that there has been a major loss of valuable resources.
A homeowner affected by a 1987 California forest fire, describes his experience. He is seen in a firefighting command post, with maps on the wall behind him and many voices conversing in the background. He states that when he was able to return to his home, it was still standing, although everything around it was burned. He is thankful and has nothing but highest praise for the efforts of the fire-fighting crews.
Residents of an area of forest fire in California in 1987. A rancher speaks of being "wiped out." He says he has his horses because he moved them the day before the fire. Everything else, he says is burnt to the ground. Another rancher says he doesn't know how his place is still standing. Views of aftermath of the fire showing total destruction of a home. Man and woman sitting by the wreckage in dispair.
A uniformed U.S. Forest Service officer answers a telephone from a command post dealing with a forest fire in California in 1987. He informs the caller that the area of his interest is well outside the fire zone, but that the Stanislaus National Forest is completely closed due to the fire. Workers in the center pass information about closed areas to others by telephone. Copies of information bulletins are seen.