On Dec. 20, 1977 the Honda Canyon Fire — fueled by hurricane-force winds — became a raging inferno that killed four people including installation commander Col. Joseph Turner, three Santa Barbara County firefighters and injured dozens more on Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

Dennis Ford was an Airman first class on base and was a firefighting augmentee called to assist that day. Now 63, Ford has released Firestorm '77: The True Story of the Honda Canyon Fire, a new 54-minute documentary about the fire told by the people who lived it. 

The impetus for the film came about 10 years ago after a conversation between Ford and a worker at the Santa Maria Airport who told him the fire never happened. 

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