Two years ago, residents of Northern Colorado witnessed what was then the second-largest wildfire in Colorado history by area burned. The High Park Fire was first reported on June 9, 2012 and burned more than 87,284 acres before 100 percent containment was achieved 21 days later. At least 259 structures were destroyed, making it the most destructive fire in state history until that number was eclipsed by the Waldo Canyon fire only a week later and the Black Forest Fire in 2013. Knowing the fire would be covered by many newspaper and television crews, I wanted to photograph images that were less breaking news-oriented and perhaps more lasting and artistic; showing some of the deadly, yet strangely beautiful aspects of the blaze. Here’s a selection from those smoky days of the summer of 2012.