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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

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Photo “Contests” – Be Careful

I just read a thread in our 'Fireground' Flickr discussion group where a member asked if anyone was going to submit images for a photo contest being held by a well known trade publication.  I've omitted the name of the publication from this post because the WHO is not the point, the WHY is. Here's my response after reading the guidelines for submissions to this "contest":
"After reading the guidelines for this "contest" it appears to be a grab for free images.
To all:  PLEASE be careful with this.  I know we all like to see our name next to our published images.  Although I have a longstanding relationship with the folks at (deleted), you should be COMPENSATED for any images they publish in any of their materials.  Photo credit does NOT pay the bills or buy new camera equipment.  I have to think that (deleted) is taking advantage of a talented community here.  Any other entity would have no choice but to pay for images used in adverts, brochures, posters, show guides, etc.   (Deleted) is no different.  They've been around a while and should know better.
Please consider what trend you may be setting here.    If "contests" like these continue to be successful, we will be undercut by a slew of sparkies just looking to get their image and bi-line in a magazine that exists to MAKE money.  BTW, they reserve the right to publish these images - that means they can run yours on the cover of their magazine.  For free.
I have nothing against (deleted), just the concept of these "contests".  By the way, the winner gets free admission to their expo?  Maybe if you paid for my airfare and hotel too.  Admission to the expo costs them nothing.  Thanks but no thanks.  And YOUR images are worth more than a photo credit too."
Here is a link to the submission guidelines. What do YOU think?
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FAP Episode #15 - So Cal Wildfires From The Fireground

faplogosmall(Duration - 55:37) In this episode of the Fireground Action Photography podcast we bring you the Southern California wildfires from the fireground. With handheld MP3 recorder in hand I share my experience on the front lines of the Sayre and Corona wildfires, now known as the "Triangle Complex Fire". Special thanks to Ed Sherman, Doug Pearson, Glenn Zachman, Keith Cullom and Al Simmons for their contributions on the fireground. Check out the videos I shot using my Canon G9! Here are some related links you may find useful: www.fire-images.com - Featuring the photography of Ed Sherman www.fire-image.com - Featuring the photography of Keith Cullom www.firestormvideos.com - Featuring the fire videos of Al Simmons www.chibiphotography.com - Featuring the photography of Doug Pearson www.lafd.org/blog - For more information on the wildfires, courtesy of LAFD

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FAP Episode #2 - Our Fireground Gear

faplogosmall(Duration 44:49) In this episode we are joined again by photographer Ross A. Benson. We begin what will be a recurring feature in the series in which we review the gear we use on the fireground. What do you carry with you to the fire and what do you always have in your car? What equipment, camera equipment as well as safety gear, do you choose to take with you onto the fireground? We'll share some great gadgets and tools that make our work not only more effective, but safer. As always, we'll throw in some stories. Here are some related link which you may find useful: www.firecache.com - Wildland firefighting equipment www.nationalfirefighter.com - Wildland firefighting equipment www.galls.com - Structural, wildland firefighting and related equipment www.allstarfire.com - Structural, wildland firefighting and related equipment www.hotshield.com - Manufacturer of heat resistant wildland firefighting face masks, helmet shrouds, bandannas and respiratory housings www.truenorthgear.com - Packs, duffels, hydration packs and more for the fireground. ("Crew Boss" & "Spyder") www.danner.com - Quality boots for the fireground www.bullard.com - Structural and wildland fire protective helmets www.phenixfirehelmets.com - Structural fire protective helmets www.truckvault.com - Truck Vault vehicle equipment security systems www.pelican.com - Pelican watertight cases and more www.surefire.com - Quality flashlights

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