Eating smoke

Tim Cook/The Day Firefighters with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection work a back burn fire line along Foxtown Road in East Haddam as they work on containing a major woods fire at Devils Hopyard State Park Tuesday March 27, 2012. The fire burned more than 100 acres with over 100 firefighters from 25 area fire departments called to battle the blaze.

My eyes sting, burn, and water blurs my vision. The world around me is a hazy chaotic scene of firefighters in yellow shirts and TV journalists running up and down the street around me. Everywhere you try to breathe there is smoke. I keep hoping for the wind to change direction so that I can get some fresh air. The skin on my face is starting to feel as dry and tough as the leather on my three-year-old boots. This is worse than any campfire you have ever been around because the smoke is everywhere and there is no escaping it.

It sounds like I am describing a war zone of some form, but really I am just describing the scene covering the woods fire at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam Tuesday. I can still smell the wood smoke on my clothing today. Smoke can make for some very dramatic pictures, but unlike fog which only makes one damp, smoke can be misery to work in. This is not as much a complaint, but more like a statement of fact. There is no other way to get the photos of the firefighters at work and tell their story than to be in the smoke with them.

Firefighters with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection work on containing a major woods fire at Devils Hopyard State Park Tuesday March 27, 2012
Tim Cook/The Day Firefighters with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection work on containing a major woods fire at Devils Hopyard State Park Tuesday March 27, 2012
Firefighters with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection work on containing a major woods fire at Devils Hopyard State Park Tuesday March 27, 2012.
Tim Cook/The Day Firefighters with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection work on containing a major woods fire at Devils Hopyard State Park Tuesday March 27, 2012.
Reporter Judy Benson of The Day tries to clear the bank of smoke by walking into a field across the street from the fire line on Foxtown Road while covering the fire at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam Tuesday March 27, 2012.
Tim Cook/The Day Reporter Judy Benson of The Day tries to clear the bank of smoke by walking into a field across the street from the fire line on Foxtown Road while covering the fire at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam Tuesday March 27, 2012.
Smoke from a major woods fire at Devil's Hopyard State Park is seen from Hopyard Road Tuesday March 27, 2012 as over 100 acres burn in the multiple day fire.
Tim Cook/The Day Smoke from a major woods fire at Devil's Hopyard State Park is seen from Hopyard Road Tuesday March 27, 2012 as over 100 acres burn in the multiple day fire.
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