‘Alaskan Bush People’: Brown Family Works To Recover from Destructive Palmer Wildfire

by Amy Myers

With the new season of Alaskan Bush People finally here, we’re reminded of just how much hardship the Brown family has faced over the years. This past year has been especially difficult for the “Wolf Pack” with the loss of its alpha male, Billy Brown. Following his tragic death, the family has tried to piece their lives back together and live out Billy’s dream. Through their independence from the world and loyalty to each other, the Browns have continued their legacy.

Before Brown’s untimely passing, the Browns have faced quite a lot of obstacles at their various homes. Back when the Alaskan Bush People actually lived in Alaska, mother and wife Ami Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer. So, the family moved to Washington so that medical care was more quickly available if Ami needed it. Even at this home, though, the Browns saw yet another tragedy. In the height of the western United States wildfires, flames consumed much of the family’s beloved North Star Ranch. On August 18, 2020, the fire quickly spread across the vast mountainside acres, leaving the Browns scrambling to save their livestock and recover from the damage.

Recently, the show released a flashback clip of the devastating Palmer fire that consumed their home and much of Washington’s woodlands. Watch the clip here to see how the family managed to rebound from the damage.

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Reminds Fans the Importance of Wildfire Prevention

In the clip, self-acclaimed “King of Extreme” Bear Brown takes in the disaster quickly through the state.

“I do smell a little bit of wood smoke,” Brown announced. “That’s not good, that’s not good.”

Footage showed just how detrimental the wildfire was to the Brown’s homestead and surrounding areas. According to the show, the fire destroyed nearly 18,000 acres of surrounding land in its forceful path. High winds caused the flames to spread even more rapidly. The 2020 fire season destroyed more than 10.2 million acres of land in the Western United States. And, like the Browns, many families struggled to put their lives back together following the devastating loss. The video also shared shots of the Alaskan Bush People family’s home after rescue crews extinguished the flames. As Brown rode through the property, we see white ashen trees and barren forest floors. At first glance, it almost looked like a snowstorm had hit the area instead of a wildfire.

Further in the clip, Alaskan Bush People reminded fans just how vital it is to help prevent the spread of wildfires. The show encouraged viewers to take an “active role” in the fight against the flames. This means keeping a close eye on wind and weather conditions and following state protocols during crucial times when fire risk is high.