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"I believe the picture was taken in Idaho by an Idaho Fish and Game warden.  I believe the creek in the picture is Panther Creek, which is a tributary of the Salmon River. I think the fire is the Clear Creek Fire, which burned more than 100,000 acres in the summer of 2000".  Email from Micah Prange, Pacific University Physics. March 2003.

Questions Form Response 04-06
"I am writing about the photo of the forest fire showing two elk standing in a river you have on your web site with the words "FIRE! FIRE!" splashed across the top. The attribution for the photo is incorrect. The photo "Montana fire (1).jpg" was taken in Montana in the Bitterroot by an Alaska smoke jumper. This has become a widely published photo and sadly since the feller who took it was working, the government has taken all the rights to the photo. A major bummer for him.
If you go to the photo page for the BLM Alaska Fire Service (for whom I work) you can find a little more info about this stunning forest fire photo:

This image was captured late in the afternoon of Sunday August 6th, 2000 from a bridge over the East Fork of the Bitterroot River just north of Sula, Montana. These elk sought refuge in the river bottom during what may have been the most extreme day of fire behavior on the Bitterroot in more than 70 years. The image was taken on a digital camera and as such there are no photographic negatives."
--Bruce Amsbary

--Thanks Bruce, Webmeister Speik





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