PLACER COUNTY, CA - Miner Brett Trotter said he was at his claim upriver of where the Robbers Fire started Wednesday afternoon when the smell of smoke got his attention.
He snapped some photos as the fire "literally blew up and crested Shirttail Canyon toward Kings Hill."
He moved to a safer location and took more pictures.
"The fire sounded like a massive engine surging as it engulfed stands of pines in seconds," Trotter said.
PHOTOS: Robbers Fire from eyewitness