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In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
While Samsara Duffey, a lone sentinel on her mountaintop, scours the horizon for fires, her husband, Mark Duffey, is some 280 miles away preparing to parachute out of a plane to fight them.
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July 16, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, and her dog Mae look out over the smoke covered mountain range surrounding the Patrol...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, and her dog Mae look out over the smoke covered mountain range surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. Even after spotting some 50 fires throughout her career, Samsara gets a jolt when she spots a fresh one. "My heart starts racing, and I get a little short of breath." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 16, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, relaxes with a cup of coffee next to the Osborne Fire Finder at the Patrol Mountain...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, relaxes with a cup of coffee next to the Osborne Fire Finder at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. Even after spotting some 50 fires throughout her career, Samsara gets a jolt when she spots a fresh one. "My heart starts racing, and I get a little short of breath." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Nate Rose, and Ned Barnett, sit inside the Dornier 228 plane headed to McCall in Idaho at the West Yellowstone...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Nate Rose, and Ned Barnett, sit inside the Dornier 228 plane headed to McCall in Idaho at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. Smokejumpers are known for their emotional calm and mental alertness. "If you're easily excitable, you're probably more prone to make mistakes during your initial parachute training," says West Yellowstone base manager Knute Olson (not pictured). REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Mark Duffey, 47, helps Nate Rose put on safety gear before getting into the Dornier 228 plane at the...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Mark Duffey, 47, helps Nate Rose put on safety gear before getting into the Dornier 228 plane at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. Raised in Montana by a smokejumper father, Mark never doubted he'd end up working with nature. Since then, he's completed more than 100 fire jumps. "Every jump is a little different," he says, citing the wind and the varying landing spots. "I really like the little meadows in the wilderness." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 15, 2021
Drift smoke from surrounding fires covers the mountain ranges surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Drift smoke from surrounding fires covers the mountain ranges surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 15, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, talks with a wilderness crew as they use radio to let her know they're leaving the...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, talks with a wilderness crew as they use radio to let her know they're leaving the Bob Marshall Wilderness area for the evening at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. Even after spotting some 50 fires throughout her career, Samsara gets a jolt when she spots a fresh one. "My heart starts racing, and I get a little short of breath." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 15, 2021
Notes are written in a log book with what wilderness crews came into the Bob Marshall Wilderness area...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Notes are written in a log book with what wilderness crews came into the Bob Marshall Wilderness area and what times they headed out for the day at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 15, 2021
The Osborne Fire Finder is seen from above at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S.,...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
The Osborne Fire Finder is seen from above at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small. SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, looks out over the smoke covered mountain range surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, looks out over the smoke covered mountain range surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. Even after spotting some 50 fires throughout her career, Samsara gets a jolt when she spots a fresh one. "My heart starts racing, and I get a little short of breath." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
Norman Kamrud, 78, leads his horse Blueberry and pack mule Jumper down the rocky path from the Patrol...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Norman Kamrud, 78, leads his horse Blueberry and pack mule Jumper down the rocky path from the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout after doing radio maintenance work at the lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 15, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, points out locations where previous fires have taken place, on a ridgeline map she...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, points out locations where previous fires have taken place, on a ridgeline map she made for reference at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. The smoke from the fires can be a challenge, she says. "During a really smoky summer, I do feel it in my eyes and lungs. I become a lot more sedentary during really smoky times. I use eyedrops to help there, but there isn't much I can do about my lungs." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Mark Duffey stands in front of rolls of fabric for different smokejumper gear at the West Yellowstone...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Mark Duffey stands in front of rolls of fabric for different smokejumper gear at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. Raised in Montana by a smokejumper father, Mark never doubted he'd end up working with nature. Since then, he's completed more than 100 fire jumps. "Every jump is a little different," he says, citing the wind and the varying landing spots. "I really like the little meadows in the wilderness." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small. SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Cubes of boxed water attached to individual parachutes are lined up on shelves before being loaded onto...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Cubes of boxed water attached to individual parachutes are lined up on shelves before being loaded onto airplanes at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
Norman Kamrud, 78, works with Samsara Duffey, 45, as he performs maintenance on the radio at the Patrol...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Norman Kamrud, 78, works with Samsara Duffey, 45, as he performs maintenance on the radio at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, works on a knitting project while she sits with her dog Mae at the Patrol Mountain...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, works on a knitting project while she sits with her dog Mae at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. Even after spotting some 50 fires throughout her career, Samsara gets a jolt when she spots a fresh one. "My heart starts racing, and I get a little short of breath." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
Samsara Duffey pets Jumper the pack mule after he and Blueberry the horse arrive with electrical supplies...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey pets Jumper the pack mule after he and Blueberry the horse arrive with electrical supplies accompanied by Norman Kamrud (not pictured), at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
A note from Mark Duffey is seen in the guestbook at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana,...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
A note from Mark Duffey is seen in the guestbook at the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
A forest service High Fire danger sign is seen next to Highway 191 in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S.,...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
A forest service High Fire danger sign is seen next to Highway 191 in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. "At least over the next few decades, we are going to see these recurring really large, catastrophic wildfires," Ben Cook, a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says of the western United States. "You'll have good years, and you'll have bad years, but climate change is leading towards a trend of more area burned every year." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Nate Rose walks up to the Dornier 228 plane headed for McCall in Idaho at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Nate Rose walks up to the Dornier 228 plane headed for McCall in Idaho at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. Smokejumpers are known for their emotional calm and mental alertness. "If you're easily excitable, you're probably more prone to make mistakes during your initial parachute training," says West Yellowstone base manager Knute Olson (not pictured). REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Mark Duffey, 47, folds and packs a parachute at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone,...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Mark Duffey, 47, folds and packs a parachute at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. Raised in Montana by a smokejumper father, Mark never doubted he'd end up working with nature. Since then, he's completed more than 100 fire jumps. "Every jump is a little different," he says, citing the wind and the varying landing spots. "I really like the little meadows in the wilderness." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
Parachutes hang from ropes in the ceiling to dry after use at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in...
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Parachutes hang from ropes in the ceiling to dry after use at the West Yellowstone Smokejumper base in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 10, 2021
The West Yellowstone Smokejumper base is pictured in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021....
WEST YELLOWSTONE, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
The West Yellowstone Smokejumper base is pictured in West Yellowstone, Montana, U.S., August 10, 2021. Smokejumpers are known for their emotional calm and mental alertness. "If you're easily excitable, you're probably more prone to make mistakes during your initial parachute training," says West Yellowstone base manager Knute Olson (not pictured). REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
A silhouette of Samsara Duffey is seen inside the fire lookout as the sun sets behind the Patrol Mountain...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
A silhouette of Samsara Duffey is seen inside the fire lookout as the sun sets behind the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. Even after spotting some 50 fires throughout her career, Samsara gets a jolt when she spots a fresh one. "My heart starts racing, and I get a little short of breath." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 16, 2021
Stars fill the sky above the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. By...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Stars fill the sky above the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 16, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 15, 2021
Drift smoke from surrounding fires, including those in California, covers the mountain ranges surrounding...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Drift smoke from surrounding fires, including those in California, covers the mountain ranges surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. By around the 1950s, around 5,000 fire lookout towers had been built across the United States. Many have since closed, as infrared cameras and drones replace the human eye. The Forest Fire Lookout Association estimates that only around 400 lookout towers are still operational today. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 15, 2021
Drift smoke from fires across the west coast obscures the view of the mountain ranges seen from the Patrol...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Drift smoke from fires across the west coast obscures the view of the mountain ranges seen from the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. The smoke from the fires can be a challenge, she says. "During a really smoky summer, I do feel it in my eyes and lungs. I become a lot more sedentary during really smoky times. I use eyedrops to help there, but there isn't much I can do about my lungs." REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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July 15, 2021
Samsara Duffey, 45, uses binoculars to look out at the drift smoke covered mountain ranges surrounding...
Augusta, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: In love, but apart, as they fight fires in the American West
Samsara Duffey, 45, uses binoculars to look out at the drift smoke covered mountain ranges surrounding the Patrol Mountain Fire Lookout in Augusta, Montana, U.S., July 15, 2021. "It used to be, 'How are you ever going to get a boyfriend being up here?'" Samsara says. "Now it's, 'What does your husband think?'" REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small SEARCH "WILDFIRES LOOKOUT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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