Burned boreal forest at sunset. Tulit’a, Northwest Territories, Canada.
The spruce in this photo were burned in a huge fire that almost engulfed the town of Tulit’a in 1995. Amazingly, the fire spared the town, though everyone who was evacuated thought for sure it would be destroyed. The fire even jumped the Bear River and almost made it to Norman Wells before dying out. Because the summers are so short and the climate is so dry there is very little decomposition. Eighteen years later most of the burned trees are still standing.