Photos of President’s visit to Waldo Canyon Fire

President's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs

I don’t know who took these photos of the President’s visit to the Waldo Canyon fire on June 29, but they are on the same flickr site where Kari Greer posts her fire photos. The photographer was not identified at the site.

President's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs

It never occurred to me that after being briefed about the fire and then inspecting some of the destroyed houses, that he would have to stand there and sign autographs for firefighters. I suppose it’s a friendly gesture on his part.

President's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs

President's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs

 

CNN features wildfire photographer Kari Greer

Kari Greer
Kari Greer (CNN)

At Wildfire Today we have often marveled at the skill of photographer Kari Greer who, working under contract with the National Interagency Fire Center, goes on the fireline with wildland firefighters and comes back with incredibly good photographs. CNN has an article on Ms. Greer and has produced a video interview with the photographer, a former wildland firefighter who still maintains her qualifications.

The video is very well done. CNN has shined a spotlight on something that the wildland fire community is doing that is right. Their article and a gallery of some Ms. Greer’s photos that have won awards can be found HERE.

Be sure and check out the CNN video featuring Ms. Greer:

Ms. Greer takes it seriously — as an art. She uploads her photographs to Flickr, but not by the hundreds. In most cases she carefully selects which products of her work she makes public, and thankfully NIFC makes them available as free use, paid for by the government for anyone to use. This is a great service that NIFC and Ms. Greer have been providing and we offer them thanks. I know that Jennifer Jones, a U.S. Forest Service employee at NIFC, was involved in helping to make this happen.

Little Bear Fire
Little Bear Fire, Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico, June, 2012; low intensity burn operation in Div. Foxtrot (near Loma Grande), June 14. Kari Greer/USFS

Some of Ms. Greer’s photos from the 2012 fire season can be found HERE.

Kari Greer and camera
Kari Greer (CNN)

Thanks go out to Dick

Photos taken at the Gladiator fire

Kari Greer is back at it, taking some excellent photos for the U.S. Forest Service. This time she’s at the Gladiator fire in Arizona. Here are some of her recent shots.

May 20 - Firefighters headed to the fireline
May 20 – Firefighters headed to the fireline
May 20 - Airtanker drops retardant
May 20 – Airtanker drops retardant

The K-MAX helicopter, below, with the twin, counter-rotating main rotors, is a strange-looking beast, especially when viewed from below.

K-MAX helicopter, May 19, 2012
K-MAX helicopter, May 19, 2012
May 19 - Fire activity near Crown King
May 19 – Fire activity near Crown King
May 19 - Night operations
May 19 – Night operations

And speaking of photos, check out this unusual photo of four helicopters dropping water at the same time in Australia.