This mural is on the doors of a local grocery store. Fire teams have been signing it as they come to town. Photo Credit: Michelle Medley-Daniel

Topic: Wildfire Type: Tools / Resources

Photos Capture the Faces of the Fork Complex Wildfires

Authors: Emily Troisi

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network coordinating team member Michelle Medley-Daniel recently wrote a wonderful post for our blog about the realities of living in Hayfork, California during the Fork Complex fires and what it is like to live surrounded by smoke. The fires around Hayfork got national attention, including two features by National Geographic.

  1. National Geographic photographer Mark Thiessen wrote a story for National Geographic and featured the faces of the firefighters of the Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority crew, a type two fire crew responding to the Fork Complex fires.
  2. Mark Thiessen wrote another first-person account that took the readers on a journey with him to the fireline during the Fork Complex. This step-by-step article takes the reader through what it’s like to fight an active wildfire, and is accompanied by amazing photos and video.

According to InciWeb the Fork Complex was still considered active, however significantly decreased, as of August 30 (a month since the fires started on July 30, caused by a lightning strike). At the time of the update it was 97 percent contained, and had burned 36,499 acres. According to Michelle, “Life is settling back in, school has started and out-of-town police and fire crews have moved on to assist with other incidents. However, local community members, agencies and organizations are gearing up to figure out how to manage the impacts. Community support for people who lost their homes continues, and interest in signing up for local volunteer fire departments is high.”

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