Since it debuted in 2014, Alaskan Bush People has been one of the most unique reality offerings on television. The Discovery series centers around Billy and Ami Brown and their seven grown children, who all originally lived off-the-grid in Alaska. The Browns were so far removed from mainstream society that they had developed their own accent, which viewers still cannot figure out.
After Ami was diagnosed with cancer, the family relocated to the Lower 48 in order to get her treatment.
Following their move to the continental U.S., the Browns have dealt with their fair share of tragedy and controversy, and they've been affected by the elements on more than one occasion.
Was there an Alaskan Bush People fire? One of the show's stars confirmed that the family compound had been affected by the wildfires in Washington. Keep reading to find out what happened.
What happened with the 'Alaskan Bush People' fire?
When Ami learned that she had advanced lung cancer in the spring of 2017, husband Billy and kids Matt, Bear, Gabe, Bam, Bird, Noah, and Rain made the decision to move to California for her treatment.
The reality star beat the 3 percent survival rate odds that she was given, and when her cancer went into remission, the family moved once again.
Following Season 8, the Browns moved permanently to the state of Washington, and they've been there ever since.
In 2019, Ami and Billy confirmed to People that they had bought a sprawling property in the North Cascade Mountains.
"We fell in love with the whole area," Billy said about how he was first introduced to the region in the '70s.
Unfortunately, Bear Brown confirmed in an Instagram post that the family home had been lost due to the wildfires raging across Washington state and California.
"We suffered a devastating lost [sic] yesterday, a fire swept through our mountain, our home! The lost [sic] seems to be great! It's still burning," Bear wrote on his private Instagram account, per The Sun. "I'll keep everyone posted. God bless!"
A representative for the family later told The Sun that "much was lost," but that all of the family members were unharmed because of the swift actions from firefighters.
"We are very grateful that the family are all safe and have enormous gratitude for the firefighters who made sure of that," the representative said in a statement.
Further information about the extent of the damage has not yet been revealed.
The Brown family has dealt with tragedy resulting from a fire in the past.
Though none of the Brown family members were harmed in the Washington wildfire that took their home, they did suffer a tremendous loss from another blaze earlier in the spring of 2020.
On May 1, Ami Brown's niece Amber Branson passed away at the age of 44 after sustaining injuries in a fire in Texas. She left behind a husband, three kids, and four grandchildren.
Season 12 of Alaskan Bush People premieres on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.