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)

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

8 thoughts on “CNN features wildfire photographer Kari Greer”

  1. I was on the way home from the hospital visiting my elderly husband who just had a stroke. He is a retired forester and photographer who has fought many a forest fire in his career. I heard about Kari Greer while listening to the CNN broadcast on the radio, so I rushed home and downloaded the information about her to show my husband. He LOVES this piece, as he has always encouraged women to be involved as firefighters — way before it was fashionable for women to be in the forest service, much less as firefighters and photographers. Thank you for this excellent report; you have made an ill, elderly forester/firefighter/photographer in the twilight of his years a VERY happy man. ~~ Mary Huber

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  2. Bill – send a kudo toNIFC to Jennifer Jones who is in charge of the NIFC contract that sends Kari into the woods. Let her know their work matters.

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  3. Kari was raised and nurtured on the fireline, and shoots what she knows as well or better than all but a handful of photogs alive today, and I mean Karen Wattenmaker, Mark Thiessen, and….who else? That’s about it….

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  4. Nice to have someone in the media that
    knows a bit about what they are reporting.
    Very good…

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