WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING PHOTOJOURNAL
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BY MIKE MCMILLAN
I worked my first four wildfire seasons from 1988 to 1992 with USFS Santa Lucia Crew 3, based in San Luis Obispo, California. I worked my next three fire seasons from 1993 to 1995 with the Los Padres Hotshots. I worked my next 17 fire seasons from 1996 to 2012 with the Alaska Smokejumpers. Since 2013 I have worked as a contracted Task Force Leader and Public Information Officer. 2020 was my 32nd year fighting wildfires.
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 also protecting structures in the wildland urban interface and performing triage if necessary.
In 2020, I re-designed this website, first published in 2000. Enjoy the larger format and full-frame galleries for viewing.
Please contact me with questions or comments and take care.