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Thomas Fire Night Ops, Ventura County - December 2017

Night operations at the Thomas Fire last night (12/9-10/17). The fire continued to push hard toward the communities of Carpinteria and Montecito. Approximately 4,435 personnel from all over the United States have converged on southern California to help battle this massive wildfire.

Since it's origin, the Thomas Fire has consumed over 173,000 acres and destroyed over 750 structures. As of this posting the fire is 15% contained with full containment estimated to be reached on Christmas Eve. © Craig Durling / www.DurlingMedia.com

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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

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"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

"Fish IC" LACoFD Brush Fire - Duarte, CA - June 20, 2016

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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© Craig Durling / DurlingMedia.com

© Craig Durling / DurlingMedia.com

"Wheatland IC" LAFD Brush Fire - May 23, 2016

At about 2:20pm on May 23, 2016 the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fast moving brush fire in the 11300 block of Wheatland Avenue in the Lakeview Terrance area of Los Angeles.  With the assistance of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Angeles Forest resources the fire, seated in rough terrain, was kept to nearly 200 acres.  An arson suspect is reportedly in custody.  © Craig Durling

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An LACoFD Firehawk returns to the fire after filling up at a nearby golf course while a golfer "plays through".

An LACoFD Firehawk returns to the fire after filling up at a nearby golf course while a golfer "plays through".

"Brand IC" Brush Fire - Glendale, CA - June 22, 2014

On June 22, 2014 a small brush ignited above Brand Park in Glendale, California.  The fire quickly grew to 10 acres and burned in rugged terrain limiting primary firefighting efforts to aircraft.  LAFD and LACoFD helicopters joined forces with ground crews to limit the fire to approximately 150 acres.  No structures were lost in this fire and only minor injuries were reported as numerous hikers were assisted from trails in and around the fire.  All images © Craig Durling

FAP Episode #39 - Wildland Fire Photography

faplogosmall (Duration 01:23:12) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we're joined once again by legendary fire videographer Alan Simmons of www.firestormvideos.com. We're off to an early start to wildfire season in So Cal and in this episode we'll cover several related topics.  We'll go in depth about what a photographer should expect during a wildland fire, what hazards and other safety concerns should be considered and more.  We'll discuss some great on-line resources like WildlandFire.com, TheFireStore.com, The Supply Cache, Firehouse.com, National Firefighter, US Forest Service.  There is a host of on-line resources and reading materials you can (and should) use in order to prepare for your response to a wildfire.  One great resource is Al's website at www.firestormvideos.com.  Order your FireStorm videos now, before we get too far into the fire season and let him know that FAP sent you!  Check out his "Interface Firefighting" series! As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download the mp3 file here.
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