Monday afternoon, August 22, a substantial fire broke out near the town of Bonner, Montana. Bonner is just a few miles from Missoula, and as it happens, I was dropping my son off at the University of Montana. As the fire lit up the evening sky, I decided to try to get as close as I could to the action.
Dubbed the West Riverside Fire by local authorities, the images below were taken on Tuesday, August 23, and Wednesday, August 24, 2011. A full gallery of images from the fire can be found at lodgetrail.com.