This fire, accidentally caused by target shooters, burned 34,000 acres and destroyed 30 homes in the Mariposa area. My home in Mariposa was never seriously threatened, but I kept a nervous eye on it as I was leading a private workshop in Yosemite.
Since the smoke from the fire made photography in the park difficult, my student Jon and I decided to head toward the fire and see what we could find. Driving west on Highway 140 we rounded a bend and were surprised to find the fire burning right across the river. I was amazed that the road was still open! But after watching the fire for awhile we realized that it was moving quite slowly along the river, and there was little chance of it jumping across.
Jon and I spent about an hour photographing the fire before the smoke made us too sick and we had to move. I don’t know how the firefighters do it! For this image I used a slow shutter speed to blur the motion of the flames.
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