14 Dangerously Beautiful Photos Of Fires

In times of distress, we turn to images that capture breathtaking moments of destruction and turn them into works of art.

Here are some photos The Atlantic recently posted of the wildfires in the western U.S.:

“The sky turns a brilliant orange as smoke from the High Park Fire fills the sky near Laporte, Colorado, on June 10, 2012.”

“Angeles National Forest firefighters make their way into a brush fire spread out over an area of more than 500 acres (2 square km) at Los Padres National Forest in California, on June 16, 2012. The fire started on Saturday afternoon in the hills of the forest between the cities of Frazier Park and Ojai.”

“This image from the Expedition 31 crew aboard the International Space Station shows the smoke and some flames associated with wildfires in the Southwest, with the lights of the El Paso, Texas at center left. In the foreground, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft is docked to the station.”

“A fire crew at the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, in May of 2012.”

“A brush fire spread out over an area of more than 500 acres burns out of control at Los Padres National Forest in California, on June 16, 2012. The fire started in the hills of the forest between the cities of Frazier Park and Ojai.”

“A controlled burn surrounds a fire danger sign in the Three Points Fire District in Tucson, Arizona, on May 29, 2012.”

“Trees burn in the Gladiator Fire, in Arizona’s Prescott National Forest, in May of 2012.”

“A firefighter pauses with his chainsaw as he works along a perimeter in an effort to contain the nation’s largest wildfire in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, on May 31, 2012.”

“A firefighting helicopter fills its tank while fighting the Sunrise Fire in Montrose County, Colorado, on on May 30, 2012.”

“Tracy Greenwood embraces her daughter Mariah Greenwood, left, as they watch the High Park wildfire burn around their home west of Fort Collins, Colorado, on June 11, 2012.”

And here are photos from other brush or wildfires in our recent history:

“A firefighter helps battle a brush fire in the Meadowlands near Metlife Stadium on April 11, 2012 in Carlstadt, New Jersey.”

“Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, New Mexico”

“Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their homes as the wildfire in Colorado spread.”

“Firefighters from around Texas battled a large wildfire on Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, Monday, Sep. 5, 2011.”

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