The Station Fire, Los Angeles

The Day Fire, Alamo Mountain, Los Padres National Forest

The Day Fire, Alamo Mountain, Los Padres National Forest

Photographer Brandon Riza has created an incredible time-lapse video (using a Canon 5D) of Los Angeles’s Station Fire on August 30, 2009. Although the Station Fire began only days ago, it is already one of the largest wildfires in recorded California history (the 2003 San Diego Cedar Fire is #1 at 273,246 acres burned), and with containment currently only at 5% and full containment projected more than two weeks out, it has the potential to finish in the Top 5. Let’s hope that it does not.

I tried to embed Brandon’s video here, but could not get it to work. See this amazing one minute and six second video HERE. Brandon’s also got a lot of great panoramic mountain photography on his homepage.

Since I could not embed the video, I’ve embedded one of my photographs from the Day Fire, California’s fifth largest recorded wildfire (264 square miles burned). In 2007, The Wilderness Society contracted me to photograph the post-wildfire environment on Los Padres National Forest’s Alamo Mountain.

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4 thoughts on “The Station Fire, Los Angeles

  1. Brandon’s time-lapse footage is excellent. It has been a bad couple of years for fires. Santa Barbara had 4 major burns in those two years and now all these fires burning right now and it is just the start of fire season (usually peaks in Sept and Oct.). Scary.

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  3. I had a sense of foreboding that this fire season could be particularly bad. While watching the initial wisps of smoke from the Jesusita fire in May, I remember remarking that such an early fire could only be trouble. It’s hard to believe the number of fires we have had around Santa Barbara recently…

    The fires have helped me produce some of my most dramatic photography. However, while photographing the Jesusita fire, things got a little too real when I started hearing propane tanks exploding as nearby homes went up in flames. Witnessing the incredible power of the fire as it raced across the mountain was truly awe inspiring.

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