When the Brown family of “Alaskan Bush People” moved to Washington State in 2017, a fire was the last thing on their minds. They left their remote Alaskan home behind so that Ami, the Brown family matriarch, had better prospects following her lung cancer diagnosis. But as many of us Outsiders know from firsthand experience, nature is under no obligation to behave.
In 2020, nature did a lot more than misbehave. Of course, the pandemic is hard to ignore. But for the Brown family, a much more pressing natural phenomenon was about to take place. In August of 2020, the devastating Palmer Fire tore through the area of Washington where the Browns had taken residence.
The blaze scorched the 435-acre ranch where the Browns made their home. But with enough time, nature heals. And as nature recovered, so too did the “Alaskan Bush People” family. The show’s official Twitter account shared an update video.
Rain Brown walked fans through her experience with the 2020 Palmer Fire.
“In August of 2020, there was a wildfire that swept through our mountain and burned most of it to the ground. Luckily, the main house was saved, and most of the animals survived,” Rain said in the video.
Rain, the youngest of the Brown children, feared for her life during those terrifying moments. But fortunately, she had to support of her family on which to rely.
“During the wildfire and the moments of the evacuation, I have to admit it was very scary, and a lot of the thoughts going through my mind were ‘I hope that we come out of this’ and ‘I hope that we survive.” I mainly relied on my sister Bird. Of course, there were worries about the mountain surviving or the animals, but the main thought going through my head was to get my family to safety,” Rain continued.
The Palmer Fire Brought the ‘Alaskan Bush People’ Family Close Together
No one would want to subject themselves to the horrors of an intense wildfire. But in tragedy, there’s often a silver lining. It’s not always easy to see or remotely close to outweighing the damage done, but sometimes people come out the other end stronger.
The “Alaskan Bush People” family came together in the wake of the fire.
“The family has really banded together after the wildfire. And we’ve tried to help build the morale back up just by being there for each other, talking to each other about it, and working on building the mountain up the way it was before the fire while remembering to still have fun,” Rain said in the video.
That unity served the family well. Just months after the fire, another tragedy struck. Patriarch Billy Brown died unexpectedly. The current season of “Alaskan Bush People” is dedicated to his memory.