When we decided to dedicate the “Gratitude” issue to the BC Wildfires and the many involved, we instantly thought of all of the images we came across over the last few months. We got in touch with the many photographers in our area, from professional to recreational and asked them to share any images they had taken that represented the BC Wildfires to them. Here is a collage from what was submitted, alongside a few words on what was happening while they were taking the shot.
Troy Nixon - “I took this picture five days into our backcountry ban.
One of my favourite views in Fernie was now sadly choked with smoke.”
David Couse - “The St. Mary River fire stands out to me the most this year, mostly due to the fact that I was in the area shortly after the fire began. Within a few kilometres of the Cranbrook Airport I got to witness the direct attack approach from a half dozen air tankers. It was impressive to watch these pilots fly and see the efforts they put in to contain these fires. A few hours later I took my kids for a walk above Marysville to take photos of the fire from a more comfortable distance.”
Dylan Siggers - Taken at Canal Flats, “I remember thinking it was bizarre how close they kept traffic parked to this fire, as the 150 foot tall flames came into view. This fire was started from some blow down onto the power lines along Highway 93.”
Chad St. Pierre - “In my time shooting forest fires, there’s one thing that has become perfectly clear to me. Fire always finds a way, always. Forests like fire. It’s as if the forest has a ravenous appetite for fire because it knows it needs fire to stay healthy.”
Eyelet Photography - Sparwood Sunrise. September 7, 2017. “This was the scene as I walked my kids to school in the morning. ‘Is this the apocalypse?’ the little one asked.”
Jesse Bell - “I can’t think of anything better than a summit camp out, but this summer in particular, they were few and far between. For one night, though, on top of Three Sisters, we pitched a tent in the red glow of the setting sun, and watched as it disappeared behind faraway Fisher Peak. Burning fires and billowing smoke appeared for a long time after dusk, but we were so grateful to be up there at all - five days later, the backcountry would close. This moment would become the most pivotal of my entire summer.”
Chad St. Pierre - “The sound, smell, sweltering heat of the fire makes you feel small and insignificant as it grows and breathes into something much larger.”