Fire in The Bitterroot Valley, MT
October 17, 2000
John McColgan, a BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighter, took this photo Aug. 6, 2000 during fires in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. To date this year, 83,311 fires have burned over 6.9 million acres in the US, more than double the 10 year annual average. The 2000 fire season will be recorded as one of the worst in history.