I was in the BWCA Pagami Creek Fire on 9/12/11—the day that it spread an unprecedented 16 miles, due to extreme winds and unusually dry conditions.
These are just a couple of the pictures I snapped before the fire caught up to my friend and I on Square Lake. At that point we had to stop shooting and row for our lives to get to the relative safety of Kawishiwi.
I wish I could have been shooting the whole way; I wish I had video of the whole experience.
Above: We stop during a portage to capture the surreal colors created by the fire. The white light on the right is the true sunlight. The orange area on the left is the light filtering through the smoke.