In this animated Hanna/Barbera series, the kingdom of Dar-Shan is placed under a curse by the evil Diabolyn, Queen Serena is desposed and her daughter Sarah and her husband Prince Cavan are exiled to Earth. Prince Cavan is stripped of his memories and believes he is John Cavanaugh, a rancher in the American Southwest. Sarah is unaware of her heritage until the day that Wildfire, an intelligent magical horse and the Royal Family's Champion, travels to Earth to bring Sarah to Dar-Shan and aid in whatever problem sthey have. Each week Sarah travels to Dar-Shan with Wildfire, typically to thwart the schemes of Diabolyn as she tries to take the throne and become Queen.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Wildfire - 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire - Netflix
On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history, with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes. Personnel from the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as firefighting forces from Alberta, other Canadian provincial agencies, and South Africa responded to the wildfire. Aid for evacuees was provided by various governments and via donations through the Canadian Red Cross and other local and national charitable organizations. Sweeping through Fort McMurray, the wildfire destroyed approximately 2,400 homes and buildings. Another 2,000 residents in three communities were displaced after their homes were declared unsafe for reoccupation due to contamination. It continued to spread across northern Alberta and into Saskatchewan, consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca oil sands operations. With an estimated damage cost of C$9.9 billion, it is the costliest disaster in Canadian history. The fire spread across approximately 590,000 hectares (1,500,000 acres) before it was declared to be under control on July 5, 2016. It continued to smoulder, and was fully extinguished on August 2, 2017. It is suspected to be caused by humans in a remote area 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Fort McMurray, but no official cause has been determined to date.
Wildfire - Cause and contributing factors - Netflix
An official cause of the fire has not been determined to date, but it is suspected to be human caused, starting in a remote area 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Fort McMurray. During the start of the fire, an unusually hot, dry air mass was in place over Northern Alberta, which brought record-setting temperatures to Fort McMurray. On May 3, the temperature climbed to 32.8 °C (91 °F), accompanied by relative humidity as low as 12%. The situation intensified on May 4 when temperatures reached 31.9 °C (89 °F) and winds gusted to 72 km/h (45 mph). This significantly contributed to the fire's rapid growth. The winter preceding the fires was drier than usual, leaving a paltry snowpack, which melted quickly. Combined with the high temperatures, this created a “perfect storm” of conditions for an explosive wildfire. Daniel Thompson, a fire research scientist with Natural Resources Canada in Edmonton, told Bloomberg News that the natural El Niño cycle led to a dry fall and winter season along with a warm spring. The weather condition affects fires in a number of regions including Indonesia and northwest United States and Canada. Similar events occurred in 1997–1998. Fire is a natural and necessary component of boreal forest ecosystems. Controversy arose over the discussion that climate change was among the factors causing the fire, given the role that Fort McMurray plays in Alberta's oil sands industry. Some called it “insensitive” to discuss global warming during the crisis, while others have argued that the crisis made it “more important” to talk about a correlation between human-influenced climate change and wildfires. Canada's politicians and scientists both cautioned that individual fires cannot specifically be linked to climate change, but agree that it is part of a general trend of more intense wildfires.
Wildfire - References - Netflix