Covering Fires as a Photographer Back Home in the Footsteps of my Father the Forester

Reynolds School of Journalism graduate student Richard Bednarski was an intern this summer for the Reno Gazette-Journal and his assignment was going back home to track the development of devastating fires.

Marin County Firefighters watch a pile of tires that had caught fire on August 17, 2021.
The Dixie fire is over 725,000 acres. This is about 1,132 square miles, or just shy of the size of Rhode Island. Containment has growth to 40% due to the hard work of over 6,000 personnel. The flames have been burning for almost six weeks. Towns have been leveled to ashes, small communities have been decimated and may or may not rise from the ashes.
Above a podcast episode in which Richard Bednarski describes his summer covering fires back home.
A fire truck driving through thick smoke from the Dixie Fire along highway 395 last week. The Dixie Fire is one of the first fires to successively burn across a mountain divide.
The small town of Greenville, Calif. was consumed by the Dixie Fire on August 4, 2021.

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