A fast-moving brush fire has consumed over 5,000 acres in the hills just north of Los Angeles threatening homes in nearby communities. Hundreds of firefighters and law enforcement officers from numerous agencies have converged on the fire to battle the erratic fire behavior as well as facilitate evacuations and residential security. © Craig Durling / durlingmedia.com
In April of 2017 I flew to Santa Catalina Island with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department to document a large scale brush fire training drill. This was not as much an active fire drill as it was a logistics drill to train in coordinating the movement of fire crews and apparatus to the island of coast of southern California in the event of a substantial brush fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with the Avalon Fire Department, are responsible for fire suppression on the large island. Transportation to the island was provided by the LASD's Air Rescue 5 and the return trip by LACoFD (Firehawk) Copter 19. © Craig Durling
Took a drive up to the Antelope Valley a while back to capture the tail end of the California Poppy "Super" Bloom with my friend and colleague Jeff Zimmerman. I'd argue that the conditions this spring weren't ideal for a "Super" bloom but it was a beautiful display nonetheless. Take a drive up next spring! © Craig Durling
While spending some time in Key West this past spring I thought I'd go for my first skydiving experience with the gang at www.skydivekeywest.com. What an experience it was and I'd do it again in a heartbeat! It went to quickly but thankfully I have the pictures and video to memorialize the experience! A must-do!
July 1, 2016 - A few shots from the "Deer Fire" which started at just after 2pm and has since burned approximately 1,800 acres of wilderness near the town of Arvin in Kern County, California. The community of Bear Valley was evacuated as flames quickly approached. Numerous ground crews, fixed wing and helicopter resources continue to battle the blaze.
The "Sand Fire" started at just after 2pm on July 22, 2016 near the 14 freeway and Sand Canyon in the city of Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles. The wildfire has since burned over 37,000 acres of wilderness and residential neighborhoods alike. Over 3,000 firefighters, 335 engines, 58 hand crews, 18 water tenders, 26 helicopters and 20 dozers continue to battle the blaze. The following images were taken during days one, two and three of the incident. The firefight continues as of this writing.
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While en route to the "Reservoir IC" brush fire on Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest I diverted to a new start in the nearby city of Duarte, this one threatening homes and horse stables. I got there as the first apparatus arrived and, as you can see, things were a little hairy. Making already difficult fire conditions worse, those on the fireground also had to battle 113 degree temperatures. At the time of this writing the "Fish Fire" (Fish IC) was reported to be at 3,000 acres with one LASD Deputy being transported to a local hospital with heat exhaustion. The fire has since been renamed the "San Gabriel Complex". The cause of this fire is under investigation. © Craig Durling/DurlingMedia
While en route to the "Reservoir IC" brush fire on Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest I diverted to a new start in the nearby city of Duarte, this one threatening homes and horse stables. Making already difficult fire conditions worse, those on the fireground also had to battle 113 degree temperatures. At the time of this writing the "Fish Incident" (Fish IC) was reported to be at 2,000 acres with one LASD Deputy being transported to a local hospital with heat exhaustion. The cause of this fire is under investigation. © Craig Durling/DurlingMedia
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