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Not Your Typical Spring Photo

It was a particularly warm day in the Roaring Fork Valley on Tax Day April 15, 2008. Nothing was planned for my day except some finish work on a weekly photo package for The Aspen Times.

Encroaching Flames

Carbondale Wild Fire House Threatened - Flames explode behind a home Tuesday afternoon Apr. 15, 2008, in the Ranch at Roaring Fork subdivision along Highway 82 in Carbondale. Heavy winds caused a ditch fire to become out of control, jumping the Roaring Fork river and eventually jumping Highway 82 just west of Catherine Store threatening homes in Missouri Heights. Several structures were lost and a fly fisherman severely burned his left hand and head fleeing the fast moving fire. (© Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times)

Carbondale Wild Fire House Threatened – Flames explode behind a home Tuesday afternoon Apr. 15, 2008, in the Ranch at Roaring Fork subdivision along Highway 82 in Carbondale. Heavy winds caused a ditch fire to become out of control, jumping the Roaring Fork river and eventually jumping Highway 82 just west of Catherine Store threatening homes in Missouri Heights. Several structures were lost and fly fisherman Larry Garfinkle severely burned his left hand and head fleeing the fast-moving fire. (© Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times)

As I headed into my job as the Chief Photographer, I started my Jeep, turned on my scanners, and began listening to firefighters concerned about a grass fire near Carbondale 25 miles away. As I drove to the newspaper about a mile from my apartment, the Incident Commander requested mutual aid from all available fire departments.
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