Fire in the Sky chronicles the awesome force of the Missionary Ridge wildfire that held Southwest Colorado in its grip during the 2002 summer.
Lit by a spark, but rooted in the region’s worst drought on record, the fire transformed Southwest Colorado, burning 57 homes and 70,085 acres, leaving a bitter legacy of debris flows and showcasing La Plata County’s greatest strength – community.
This 117-page book, printed on high-quality slick stock, does full justice to the hundreds of color photos taken by Herald staff photographers. These alone tell the story of the ferocity of the conflagration. The smoke plume rising up to 44,000 feet in the sky reminds one of the Mt. St. Helen's volcanic eruption.
Accompanying the photos is an excellent text, which has all of the immediacy of the day-to-day reports in the Herald. The writing is so vivid I could feel the fire’s heat, smell the smoke, and hear the freight-train roar of its sound.
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