Golfers photographed casually finishing round as forests burn around them
This Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, file photo provided by KATU-TV shows a wildfire as seen from near Stevenson, Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Ore. (Tristan Fortsch/KATU-TV via AP, file)
Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:56AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 7, 2017 11:04AM EDT
A photo of a group of dedicated golfers finishing their round while a wildfire blazes in the background is grabbing some attention online.
The photo shows three men on playing at Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Wash., while a wildfire blazes in the background.
The course posted the image to their Facebook page Wednesday, with the caption “Our golfers are committed to finishing the round!” As of Thursday morning, the post gathered 132 shares and 27 comments.
A Reddit post of the photo has 53,000 upvotes.
“When we first started there was a fire maybe the size of a grocery store. By the end of hole two, it was just crazy. The big one you’re seeing on the internet was on hole nine,” Brandon Crawford, the man putting in the image, told local reporters.
The Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires have ravaged more than 31,000 acres in the region and forced hundreds of people from their homes.
Police in the area believe a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Wash., ignited the blaze while playing with fireworks.
Beacon Rock Golf Course later posted another image that shows large plumes of smoke over the course.
These men continuing to play golf during the Oregon wildfires is me trying to live my life during a Trump presidency. pic.twitter.com/Sdl1DYBTqz— donomo (@donomo) September 7, 2017
Oregon golf course— BASSKATS♂️ (@misnerjarrod) September 6, 2017
*Cue heavy metal music* pic.twitter.com/dEbHsa647v