2017 American Heroes Air Show, Los Angeles - Nov. 4, 2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 over 20 helicopters converged on the Hansen Dam Recreation Park in Los Angeles for the 2017 American Heroes Air Show.  Twenty demonstration/display aircraft entertained and informed members of the public during this free annual event.  Helicopters from the US military, public safety, media and more were on hand for public viewing.  Dozens of static displays, delicious food and helicopter rides were also available at the event. 

The lack of a water truck resulted in a "brown-out" as many of the aircraft arrived early in the morning before the event. ©Craig Durling


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© Craig Durling / Durlingmedia.com

La Tuna Brush Fire, Los Angeles - Sept. 2, 2017

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


LACoFD Catalina Brush Fire Drill - April 2017

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


California Poppy Bloom - Spring 2017

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

"Deer Fire" Kern County Wildfire - July 1, 2016

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.

"Sand Fire" LACoFD/ANF Wildfire - July 22-24, 2016

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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LACoFD Copter 19 makes a water drop as flames encroach upon hand crews along Soledad Canyon Road outside Action, CA on July 24, 2016.  © Craig Durling / Durling Media

LACoFD Copter 19 makes a water drop as flames encroach upon hand crews along Soledad Canyon Road outside Action, CA on July 24, 2016.  © Craig Durling / Durling Media

"San Gabriel Complex" (Fish Fire) - Duarte, CA - June 20, 2016 (VIDEO)

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