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Thomas Fire - Embers
Thomas Fire - Embers
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Icarus
Icarus
Fire Devil
Fire Devil
Plasma
Plasma
Thomas Fire - Segways
Thomas Fire - Segways
Sand Fire Power Lines
Sand Fire Power Lines
Tranquil Place Viewers
Tranquil Place Viewers
La Tuna Fire Panorama
La Tuna Fire Panorama
Burning Cross
Burning Cross
Cracked Lava
Cracked Lava
Balrog Rising
Balrog Rising
Sand Fire Toy Airplane
Sand Fire Toy Airplane
Evac Zone
Evac Zone
Sand Fire Bill's Bees
Sand Fire Bill's Bees
Sand Fire Billowing
Sand Fire Billowing
Sand Fire Eruption
Sand Fire Eruption
Thomas Fire - Comtemplation
Thomas Fire - Comtemplation
Sand Fire Ghost
Sand Fire Ghost
Sand Fire Observers
Sand Fire Observers
Sand Fire Spectacle
Sand Fire Spectacle
Tension Mountainway
Tension Mountainway
Sand Fire Specter
Sand Fire Specter
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Thomas Fire - Embers
Thomas Fire - EmbersEmbers from the Thomas Fire light up a patch of trees and brush under a pink sunset in Wills Canyon, Ojai, California. The Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in modern California history, burned approximately 281,893 acres in 2017. We were in the city of Ojai, getting distant glimpses of the uncontained fire. The sunset turned pink with all the smoke. A distant tree flared up in huge flames, leaving only these scintillating ashes behind. Catastrophic events can sometimes hold an ember of beauty in them.
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse NowA Fire Department helicopter flies between a water tower and the deep-red sun, darkened by the smoke from the La Tuna Fire, which burned 7,194 acres in the Verdugo Mountains of Los Angeles County in 2017. The water tower in the photo is very close to where the fire originated. We knew we wanted to get a good sunset image, but the sun was hard to find as it was mostly covered by smoke. We drove until we found this clearing. All the photo is missing is some napalm and Wagner.
Icarus
IcarusA fireman and two deer watch as the hills are set ablaze during the La Tuna Fire, which burned 7,194 acres in the Verdugo Mountains of Los Angeles County in 2017. I didn't know there were deer in this scene when I took this photo (there are two in there, one barely visible in the shadows), I was too transfixed by the flames, trying to capture the right moment with the tiny firefighter. It was spectacular and terrifying. So much can burn so quickly.
Fire Devil
Fire Devil
Plasma
Plasma
Thomas Fire - Segways
Thomas Fire - SegwaysTwo very Californian people rider their Segways as they watch Wills Canyon burn during the Thomas Fire, in Ojai, California. The Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in modern California history, burned approximately 281,893 acres in 2017. We were in the city of Ojai, getting distant glimpses of the uncontained fire.
Sand Fire Power Lines
Sand Fire Power LinesPower lines lead to the hellish conflagration caused by the Sand Fire, which burned 41,432 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley, California, in 2017. When leaving work during a regular day, I saw a smoke cloud extending from the mountains to the north. I called my husband and asked him to grab our camera equipment, which he was already doing anyway after hearing about the fire in the news. We met up in a canyon road and drove fast to the location of the fire. We took a dirt maintenance road up the mountain, picking up a friendly photographer on the path, who didn't dare take the rough road on his own, and made it to the top of the mountains to get great views of the fire. Once the fire started spreading south, we decided it was time to head back. Fire moves really fast in such windy conditions, and it was also dark and the road treacherous. We got back to the main road soon after, and saw these power lines go up in flames, along with the hills we were just standing on an hour before. The area we took this photo from burned shortly after we evacuated.
Tranquil Place Viewers
Tranquil Place Viewers
La Tuna Fire Panorama
La Tuna Fire Panorama
Burning Cross
Burning Cross
Cracked Lava
Cracked Lava
Balrog Rising
Balrog RisingFireman is dwarfed by the enormous flames of the La Tuna Fire, which burned 7,194 acres in the Verdugo Mountains of Los Angeles County in 2017. It's only with a super telephoto lens that you can get a good sense of scale in a situation like this, since the perspective is gone and the relative size of all things in the frame is accurate. It screws up with the sense of distance though: those flames really were that big, but they were not as close to the firefighter as the image makes it seem.
Sand Fire Toy Airplane
Sand Fire Toy Airplane
Evac Zone
Evac Zone
Sand Fire Bill's Bees
Sand Fire Bill's Bees
Sand Fire Billowing
Sand Fire Billowing
Sand Fire Eruption
Sand Fire Eruption
Thomas Fire - Comtemplation
Thomas Fire - ComtemplationProtected by a face mask, a man calmly watches Wills Canyon burn during the Thomas Fire, in Ojai, California. The Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in modern California history, burned approximately 281,893 acres in 2017. We were in the city of Ojai, getting distant glimpses of the uncontained fire.
Sand Fire Ghost
Sand Fire Ghost
Sand Fire Observers
Sand Fire Observers
Sand Fire Spectacle
Sand Fire Spectacle
Tension Mountainway
Tension Mountainway
Sand Fire Specter
Sand Fire Specter
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