September 25, 2002
This has been a near record setting year for acres burned by wildfire, lagging only slightly behind 2000. As of Sep 23, almost 6.5 million acres (2.6 million hectares) were consumed by flames, compared to a ten year average of 3.5 million acres (1.4 million hectares). This photograph was taken by Brian Goode as he worked with the BAER (Burned Area Emergengy Rehab) Team during the McNally fire in the Sequoia National Forest, Tulare County, California. The McNally Fire began on July 21 this year and burned over 150,000 acres within the forest. The Rincon Fault trace is visible as the canyon through the center of the picture.