14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Beauty of the Beast 3
A wildfire is a threatening, yet beautiful sight. The Pioneer Fire burning in the Boise National Forest started July 18, 2016 eight miles
North of Idaho City. It spread North, Northeast and Northwest creating a horseshoe of fire surrounding Lowman, Idaho (population
200). Local residents watched clouds of vaporous smoke billow energetically as trees and brush exploded into fires. Though
threatening, one couldn’t help but wonder at the energy and beauty the fire displayed. By September 3, the fire will have burned
180,000 acres (281 square miles).
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||Sept. 3, 2016, 3:47 p.m.