I’ve conducted hundreds of prairie fires without incident, but still feel a sense of relief every time we wrap another one up successfully.
Today’s featured photo shows the tail end – the denouement, if you will – of one of this year’s spring fires. To me, it perfectly captures the emotion of finishing a successful burn. The crew has just finished lighting the last segments of the fireline and finally, after a couple hours of hard work to keep the fire within our mowed firebreaks, we can all relax for a few minutes and just watch the fire burn itself out.
It’s hard for me to judge the aesthetic or artistic quality of images like this one because the way I feel about this image is so tied to how I felt when I took it. When I look at this photo, I can actually feel my stomach unknotting as I made the mental switch from the stress of keeping the fire corralled to the much easier tasks of mop-up and debriefing with the crew.
Anyway, I hope the image is interesting for you to look at as well…