Well; if it's a fire, you have to put it out. How else can you protect forests and all the animals that live in it? It's like what Smokey the Bear always says. "Only you can prevent wildfires". And that's important.
You know what's ironic is that volcanic lava has many times more heat than fire itself, but it's not as massively destructive towards natural resources. Many plants have been known to grow back after volcanic eruptions. I could be wrong about that, but I think that's what I read somewhere.
No, you're right, EnginePony. Human-caused fires are far more destructive of natural resources than lava flow; lava is often more constructive than destructive: it transforms into rock when it cools; and in the middle of the ocean, the rock often forms islands. And plant life does grow back after volcanic eruptions.
The cataclysmic eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state in 1980 knocked down a lot of trees and damaged quite a few plants and rivers, but didn't destroy any natural resources (of course, it generated a massive wave of mud and ash rather than lava); all or at least most of the plant life did grow back (Nature has such an amazing resilience and ability to regenerate following such an event), and now it's nearly impossible to tell the landscape was left barren and nearly devoid of life. (Parts of the "Firebird Suite" animation segment of "Fantasia 2000" were inspired by the devastation that Roy E. Disney -- Walt's nephew -- witnessed when he and his family visited after things had settled down.)
Stay safe, everyone.
I remember the Mt. St. Helens eruption very well. I used to live in the the state of Washington and stayed in a lodge somewhere near the M.S.H. area with a group of school students for about 2 or 3 days as part of a special school field-trip.
Also, I have seen Fantasia 2000 many times and know the segment (featuring Igor Stravinsky's music, the Firebird) very well. But based on all the segments, the one about the flying Humpback Whales (featuring the music, Pines of Rome; by Ottorino Respighi) is my absolute favorite.
What most amazed me about it the eruption was how far the ash cloud was said to have traveled (and continued traveling for years afterwards, if the news reports were accurate). It's hard to believe it's been forty years already... and just over twenty since "Fantasia 2000" was released (I think it was released in 1998 or '99).
I can't argue with your choice. It's certainly the most emotional segment in the film. Of course, I have a soft spot for baby animals; and growing up in NorCal, I've always loved Humpbacks (nothing against Orcas: I love them too): I think they're my favorites of all whales; they're so majestic, and their singing is so beautiful.
Agreed on both accounts. Here's something regarding the eruption that is rather odd. Before the mountain erupted, there was someone who lived within that area; and he had the same name as one of the American presidents from long ago. His name was Harry Truman. His middle initial was different than the president's initial, but he had the same first and last name.
I remember that. He refused to evacuate, despite all the warnings. I guess he wanted to go out on his own terms.
I forget the exact year, but there was a big-screen film released in the early 80s called "St. Helens," in which Art Carney portrayed Harry. It's mostly forgotten now.