WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING PHOTOJOURNAL
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BY MIKE MCMILLAN
I worked four wildfire seasons from 1988-1990, and 1992 with USFS Santa Lucia Crew 3, based in San Luis Obispo, California, then spent three seasons from 1993-1995 as a Los Padres Hotshot. I worked 17 seasons 1996-2012 as a Alaska Smokejumper. Since 2013, I lead firefighting resources on the fireline and serve as a Public Information Officer based in Boise, Idaho. Contact me about image use and other inquiries.
Images of wildfire in American media today focus almost exclusively on tragedy, burning structures and devastated towns. Spotfire Images depict wildland firefighters in their element - wilderness - and protecting structures in the expanding wildland urban interface across the west.