CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

Fire. It's dangerous and beautiful. It creates its own light and can turn on you in an instant. I always enter a fire scene fully geared up with the same stuff firefighters wear for safety and have a huge amount of respect for what they do. These massive out-of-control wildfires used to be rare, but they've been happening more frequently and are getting harder to control. Fires are one of my favorite things to cover, so I hope my passion for telling these visual stories is apparent through this set of images taken in the fire zone. Enjoy!

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A lone firefighter douses impending flames
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An air support tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge
A house is engulfed in flames during the Valley fire in Siegler Springs, California
A CalFire truck drives along a burning road
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Firefighters light a backfire
A dead horse lays on the side of a road during the Valley fire.
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Josh Wood reacts while viewing the burned out remains of his home.
A stone statue is all that remains after the Valley fire tore through a residential neighborhood
A car drives by as flames approach in this long exposure
Ahome burns during the Valley fire.
A firefighter attempts to save a burning home during the Valley fire.
Burned out remains of the popular clothing-optional destination Harbin Hot Springs after the Valley fire tore through the area.
Burned out remains of the popular clothing-optional destination Harbin Hot Springs after the Valley fire tore through the area.
Evacuees mourn the loss of their home burned in the Valley Fire.
Burned out vehicles and homes are seen in a residential neighborhood of Middletown, California after the Valley fire tore through the area.
A firefighter lights a backburn
A firefighter uses a flare to light a backfire
Flames rise above a firetruck
A man takes a photo of his daughter's burned out new car in her driveway after a fire tore through the area.
Burned out vehicles are surrounded by smoldering rubble.
A crew of firefighters walk towards a burning hillside
Firefighters are seen through heat
Firefighters aim a hose towards a burning house after a gas explosion
A lone firefighter sprays water on flames
Melted metal flows from a burned out truck down a hill in a residential neighborhood.
An air support chopper pilot collects water to help fight a fire.
A firefighter pauses while surrounded by flames
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An abandoned burned out truck remains in a residential neighborhood after the Valley fire tore through the area.
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