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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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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

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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

"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".

FAP Episode #47 - Photojournalist & Publisher Jeff Zimmerman

faplogosmall On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we start 2010 by sitting down with photojournalist and publisher Jeff Zimmerman.  Owner of Zimmerman Media, Jeff is not only a talented photojournalist but publishes the Southern California Fire Journal and leads the Emergency Photographers Network.  Also check out the work of Tod Sudmeier, our in-studio visitor. Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the comment/critique forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations.  Use the forum to post your own Lightroom-related comments or questions and we'll be sure to address them on Part 2 of our Lightroom Roundtable series. As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites.  Follow Craig Durling, Ross Benson, Jeff Zimmerman and FAP on Twitter.  Become a fan of FAP on Facebook! Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here. (Duration 59:35 )
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FAP Episode #42 - So Cal Wildfire Update w/Joe Brown

faplogosmall (Duration 01:29:06) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we are joined by Joe Brown who turns the tables and interviews Craig about his coverage of the recent Southern California wildfires.  Joe also has some advice for freelancers who may need to update some IRS paperwork.  Joe shared a link to an impactful video on cell phone use and you can view it HERE. Don't underestimate the power of your Twitter account!  Photographers can use it for marketing, networking, advertising and more (if you use it right). Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the critiuque forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations. 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 here.
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