Night shift on the Mangum Fire, northern Arizona

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Globe Hotshots, Mangum Fire, June 18, 2020. Photo by Mike McMillan. The parallel line pattern is a result of swinging the drip torch from side to side while walking.

Strategic burning operations are often conducted at night, giving firefighters more control over the behavior of the fire they are igniting.

Mike McMillan, a Task Force Leader on the Mangum Fire in northern Arizona, sent us these photos of the Globe Hotshots during a recent burning operation on the east side of the fire.

Thanks Mike!

Globe Hotshots, Mangum Fire wildfire Arizona
Globe Hotshots, Mangum Fire, June 18, 2020. Photo by Mike McMillan.

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. Google+

3 thoughts on “Night shift on the Mangum Fire, northern Arizona”

  1. Thank you Mike, awesome pics, as usual.

    Still love your first “Wildfire West, Wildland Firefighting Pictorial, Volume One” published 2015, Spotfire Images Press. We always show it to family and friends who visit. Looking forward to your next publication.

    Stay safe everyone, safer than usual. An amazing community of people.

    1. Thank you that means a lot to me. I’m proud of the firefighters I work with – photography helps show how we do it safely – and why we do it at all.

  2. Nothing is more fun and satisfying in fire control than laying down a well behaved and beneficial fire at night!!!

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