Grayback Forestry was the subject of the documentary called “Wildland.” The two directors, Alex Jabloski and Khalil Hudson, followed the crews around for two seasons as they battled fires in southern Oregon and Northern California.
Grayback says it was a pleasure to work with the directors who trained with the crews and became certified wildland firefighters. Sean Hendrix, base manager for the Merlin section of the company says they did a great job capturing what it’s like for crews working on fire lines.
“A lot of the flames are glamorized and that’s really 5 or 10 percent of the times that we’re actually fighting fire,” he said. “The rest of it, like was told in the film, was the long days, the tedious work of mop-up, the waiting around that can happen.”
Grayback says since the film’s release, it has been receiving calls from people all across the world who have become interested in wildland firefighting.
The movie won two awards – Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Outstanding Editing: Documentary. The film is available on Amazon Prime and Youtube.
NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.