WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING PHOTOJOURNAL
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BY MIKE MCMILLAN
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 United States.
I worked four wildfire seasons from 1988 to 1990, and 1992 with USFS Santa Lucia Crew 3, based in San Luis Obispo, California. I worked three wildfire seasons from 1993 to 1995 as a Los Padres Hotshot based in Santa Barbara. I worked 17 wildfire seasons from 1996 to 2012 as a Alaska Smokejumper based in Fairbanks. Since 2013, I lead firefighting resources as a Task Force Leader on the fireline, and work as a Public Information Officer.
Education: San Mateo High School, 1985. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: B.S. News Journalism, 1991. Boise State Univeristy: Masters Certificate, Technical Communiucations, 2018.
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