Smokey sunset during the Rim Fire (2013) in Yosemite, CA.
The setting sun catches the haze from the American Fire (2013) in Placer County, CA.
A plume of smoke rises to the sky as the Chips Fire (2012) burns towards the dam at Lake Almanor, CA.
The Chips Fire (2012) near Lake Almanor, CA.
Chips Fire (2012) in Lake Almanor, CA
Ring of Fire
A dust devil kicks up dirt and ash from the Pinehaven Fire near Caughlin Ranch in Reno, NV.
An airtanker makes a drop to halt the progress of the Pinehaven Fire near Caughlin Ranch in Reno, NV.
Embers glowing at night from the Pinehaven Fire near Caughlin Ranch in Reno, NV. This was one of the first shots I took with my first camera, a little T2i, which was quite the workhorse for me for several years.
At night, smoke creeps down the mountains from the Pinehaven Fire near Reno, NV.
The Washoe Fire (2016) in Washoe Valley, NV. A late season fire that spread rapidly from Washoe Lake into the foothills of the Sierras, fueled by hurricane force winds from an early season winter storm. Taken from Mt. Rose, where it was snowing. Surreal.
At sunset, a massive pyrocumulus cloud from the Rock Fire, one of five fires that made up the Virginia Mountains Complex (2016) north of Reno, NV.
Summer 2016 saw very few of the characteristic thunderstorms Northern Nevada usually sees. The one day of active thunderstorms came in July and sparked a series of wildfires which were collectively grouped into the Virginia Mountains Complex, which burned more than 93 square miles of wildland, including the Tule Fire which burned through the Paiute Reservation and to the shores of Pyramid Lake.
I did not realize there were a series of active fires when I went to photograph the sunset, and noticed the plume, thinking it was simply an active thunderhead. It wasn't until hours later that I realized I had accidentally caught a striking example of extreme fire behavior.
The Rock Fire, one fifth of the Virginia Mountains Complex (2016) burns near homes in Red Rock at night.
The Tule Fire, part of the Virginia Mountains Complex (2016) as it burns towards Pyramid Lake. By the time I got close, I was ordered to evacuate.
A wall of smoke from the Tule Fire portion of the Virginia Mountains Complex (2016) about a mile from Pyramid Lake.
A Cadillac covered in fire retardant dropped from an air tanker after barely evacuating in time. The color is pink or red so areas that have received drops are easily identified by firefighters and pilots. The Anderson Fire (or possibly the Tule Fire) from the Virginia Mountains Complex burns the ridge behind it.
Caughlin Fire, 2016
Caughlin Fire, 2016
Hotshots work the line on the northern flank of the Caughlin Fire, 2016
Helicopter makes a drop on the southern flank of the Caughlin Fire, 2016