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Fire Picture in Montana-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor A beautiful picture of a
forest fire reflecting on a river in which two elk are standing.
It is said to have been taken by a worker for the Bureau of Land
Management in Montana.
The Truth This picture spread throughout the world
shortly after it hit the Internet in 2000.
For a brief period, there was a manhunt for the photographer to
confirm who had taken the photo, where it had been taken, and when.
It was soon discovered that the picture had been taken with a pocket
digital camera by John McColgan, a fire behavior analyst for the
Bureau of Land Management in Alaska.
He took the picture on Sunday, August 6 in the Bitterroot national
forest in Montana.
He was finally found by The Missoulian in Montana.
He said he was simply in the right place at the right time.
He said the elk were probably seeking safety in the river.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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