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Man, Woman, Wild and Backfire

In this exclusive clip from Discovery Channel’s new season of Man, Woman, Wild, former Special Forces survival expert Mykel Hawke explains what to do if you ever find yourself trapped by forest fire. You literally have to fight fire with fire.

In the second episode, which airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on Discovery, Mykel and Ruth find themselves in a particularly hot scenario. The couple are camping in the Louisiana backcountry when a wildfire quickly spreads toward them. Realizing they can’t outrun it, Mykel builds a backfire – charring the ground, making a fuel-free area where they can escape the flames.

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