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Fire in the Hole

Just after the snow melts away but before the growing season starts, the northwoods is vulnerable to wildfire. As a volunteer firefighter, I was assigned to a crew to extinguish hotspots after a wildfire was contained in Hartford, Vermont. As we doused old logs and snags one after the other, near dusk we came to this tree. We were mesmerized by the hot embers in the hollow trunk and flames running upward and liking out of the old Pileated Woodspecker feeding holes. Armed with only an iPhone in my pocket, I snapped a few quick photographs before we had to move on with our work. This image appeard in Northen Woodlands Magazine winter 2015 edition.

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