Natural fires are a huge influence on the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Inspired by a particularly bad wildfire season, Harrison Mendel and I had been on the hunt to create a unique burn photo, but we were after something real rather than a staged fire photo.
Several clearcut burn piles left to smoulder high above Kelowna gave us a perfect opportunity. Hidden pockets of soldering embers and toxic smoke made this a hazardous location, but when Harrison slashed into a pile of ash and this wave of molten embers erupted , we knew it was well worth the risk despite a deep burn on Harrison's ankle. Huge thanks to Ben Schleith and Harrison for helping to make this photo happen.
Selected by Scott Secco - Another Harrison Mendel riding POD, this time featuring a slash pile in the remains of a clearcut forest. I love the contrast in colour and mood between the sombre blue tones of the snow and the fiery redness of the... fire. Seriously though, this is a very unique image.