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.
The Moscow summit between the U.S. and USSR in Moscow, Russia. Pictures depict the tribes and people of America. People pack the pictures in a box for the visit of the Soviet Union people. Some pictures of the Russian art. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Union Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev visits the United States. People on the street to receive him. The U.S. Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz and his wife visit Russia. People greet them. Gorbachev and the U.S. president Ronald Reagan at a summit in Washington DC. Americans at the summit. Animation depicts the merging of cultures between the two nations and the exchange of magazines. American rock star Billy Joel and his group perform in the Soviet Union on New Year's eve. Cultural exchange between the two countries includes a piano performance of Horowitz in Moscow and a ballet performance in the United States by the Bolshoi Ballet. An exchange program at school level. Soviet children at an American outdoors ropes and climbing activity during an exchange program. The talks held to discuss vital issues in New York. People sit in an amphitheater with officials at a Chautaqua Talk in 1987. The people of the Soviet Union watch an "Information USA" touring exhibit in the Soviet Union that presents American culture. A young Russian boy speaks about his interest in American culture. People watch a science exhibition. Astronauts of the USA and Soviet Union in a spacecraft. Collaboration of the two nations to protect the ozone layer. Officials of the two nations sign an agreement relating to the nuclear power plants. George Shultz, the U.S. secretary of State, inaugurates a system that communicates nuclear dangers. A woman in the communication room. Food grain supplied to the Soviets. Soviet Union tanks and soldiers in Afghanistan. Soldiers walk on a street. American journalist Nicholas Daniel disembarks a plane after his release. The view of the American Embassy. Mikhail Gorbachev with U.S. President Ronald Reaga
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.
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.
Interior of Fire Fire Command Center of the California State Department of Forestry. Staff in khaki uniforms with Department of Forestry patches on their shirt sleeves. They operate various stations in the center. One sits at a position above which are seen a map and sign reading: "Airtankers." Another control station is devoted to handcrews. Another maintaining status of fire engines. An official stands near a helicopter coordination station listening to a report that no more helicopters are available. The staff discuss resources needed to deal with ongoing forest fire.
California State Department of Forestry helicopter displaying "CDF" on its fuselage sits in a field with engine running. Scene shifts to view from ground as helicopter empties liquid from large bucket suspended underneath. Views of the chopper emptying buckets full of liquid to fight fire. Flames seen amongst trees in forest. A DC-6 firefighting tanker aircraft flies low over a fire and dumps orange liquid on the scene. the entire area is obscured by smoke. Through the smoke, a C-130 tanker aircraft flies in and drops its load of orangeliquid. An S-2T Air Tanker is seen dropping its firefighting liquid over the fire. Close view of a C-130 firefighting tanker with orange fluid being released through its open bottom doors.