Firefighter on the Brian Head Fire

Firefighter Brian Head Fire

Above: Firefighter on the Brian Head Fire in southwest Utah. Photo by Kari Greer working with Great Basin Incident Management Team 2.

I saw this photo on the “Utah Fire Info” Facebook page, was impressed by it, and asked them the name of the photographer and if I could use it. They said yes, and it was taken by Kari Greer. “I  should have known”, I replied.

We’re trying to find out the firefighter’s name. If anyone knows, please leave a comment. (UPDATE July 6, 2017: as several people told us in the comments, it is Noah Piepryzca, a senior firefighter on the Bitterroot Hotshots, a Montana crew that was first formed 54 years ago.)

Kari is a very accomplished photographer and is rather famous within the wildland fire community. She has had contracts with the federal land management agencies to take photos at fires and often embeds with crews to get action photos like you rarely see otherwise.

Kari has her own tag at Wildfire Today.

An update on the Brian Head fire in southwest Utah:

  • 67,430 acres;
  • 1,601 personnel, 45 hand crews, 76 engines;
  • 26 structures destroyed;
  • Highway 143 is open;
  • Evacuations are still in effect in a number of communities.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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4 thoughts on “Firefighter on the Brian Head Fire”

  1. The fire fighter pictured is a senior on my crew, Bitterroot Hotshots. His name is Noah Pieprzyca. Happy fourth! Thanks for the great picture!

    1. Thanks for your crews service! Panguitch Lake & surrounding areas appreciate it 🙂 Happy 4th to all of you!! —-Jen

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