Text by DAVID CORREIA
Photos by JAKOB SCHILLER
The Whitewater-Baldy fire started started on May 9, 2012 in the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico. The fire started as two different fires. The Whitewater Fire was first detected on May 16, a week after lightning strikes had ignited the smaller Baldy Fire (Click on the map to the left to see the fires progression during May 2012). Two weeks after the fires merged to become the Whitewater-Baldy complex fire, Wired blogger and photographer (and La Jicarita editor) Jakob Schiller spent a day photographing the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew from Prescott, Arizona while they tried to contain what by then had become the largest fire in New Mexico history. All photos are by Jakob Schiller.
For more photos on Whitewater-Baldy, see Schiller’s essay: On the Ground at the Start of Fire Season