April 23, 2017
The air was thick with smoke as the fire quickly closed in, before long Jose Vallejos would be trapped. Wildfires aren’t common in Peru, so he was surprised by how easily the wind carried the flames and how intensely they devoured the forest. Jose spotted a tree outside the fire-line, seizing the opportunity he climbed up and over it, escaping to a safe patch of land. Normally Jose spends his days as a spectacled bear conservationist with Robyn Appleton and Spectacled Bear Conservation (SBC), but for six weeks last winter, he was a firefighter.