This Sunday, we brought back an old episode of Frontiers, which aired in October, 2015 — four months after the Sockeye wildfire swept through the Willow area, destroying 55 homes and dozens of other buildings.

This past week, the prosecution rested its case in the trial of a couple accused of starting the fire. Next week the defense will continue to present its side.

Regardless of the outcome of the trial, with summer and wildfire danger ahead of us, we thought it was a good time to bring back this show — to remind us all of the potential for disaster in every day activities, when we deal with fire.

In 2015, there was also the Card Street fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula, which also destroyed homes and thousands of acres. 2015 turned out to be the second worst fire season on record for Alaska.

Some of the highlights of our October 2015 program:

    • A look at the Willow Recovery Team efforts to help families devastated by the fire — how volunteers came to the rescue.
    • A visit to Mike and DeeDee Jonrowe’s property, as they rebuild their life. Despite losing almost everything, DeeDee was determined to run the Iditarod.
    • Our guests were Krista Fee, head of the Willow Recovery Team and Alan Budahl, director of Lutheran Social Services of Alaska.