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2014 Colby Fire
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Posted By: crewl1, 11-11-2014, 12:59 AM

In January we had an early start to our California fire season, with one of the driest and hottest winters on record.
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The Colby Fire was a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest. It was ignited along the Colby Truck Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, United States. The fire started on January 16, 2014 and eventually burned 1,992 acres. On January 25, the Colby Fire had burned 1,962 acres, and was 98% contained.[8][11] The fire, which was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds, destroyed 5 homes, injured one person, and forced the evacuation of 3,600 people at its peak.[8][8][9]
Three men in their early 20s were arrested for recklessly starting a fire, and have allegedly admitted starting an illegal campfire that blew out of control.
It was thrilling for me to be able to get close enough to see how the firefighters on the ground and in the air worked to get the fire under control.

The air attack was a ballet orchestrated by an air boss from a small airplane circling the site and directing the aircraft to make drops on hot spots and also keep them from crashing into each other.

Sadly we lost a pilot this year while battling a fire in Yosemite, he was flying a tanker similar to the white one seen dropping the orange fire retardant.

Fingers crossed that next year will bring us some much needed rain.




















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11-11-2014, 01:56 AM   #2
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Did you get the firemen some of these shots? Especially the one of them on the hill? I know its LA and you probably werent alone up there shooting, but would be nice to get the workers some shots of their heroics.....
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Did you get the firemen some of these shots? Especially the one of them on the hill? I know its LA and you probably werent alone up there shooting, but would be nice to get the workers some shots of their heroics.....
I did not do that, but it is a great suggestion, thanks. I will see if Cal Fire can take submissions.
All the personnel were extremely busy so I just stayed out of the way behind the police lines.
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I think there must be so many amazing photo of these guys floating around that they never get to see.....couldnt hurt to drop off a blow up or a cd...and wish them a good day one day when you have the time....maybe you'll get some good portraits of the local dalmatian while you're there!

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Awful this happens but what a photo opportunity! That's a great idea to give them their shots later, I've no doubt they would appreciate It.
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Thanks, yes I will follow up and see how it turns out.
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wow nice shots! not the fire but the photos. I know fire is not something you play with.. had a bad indecent once on the farm.
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wow nice shots! not the fire but the photos. I know fire is not something you play with.. had a bad indecent once on the farm.
Thank you. Sorry to hear about your incident, for the folks who suffer through it it is devastating.

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Very, very nice captures ... hope that the fire damage was not too great. I don't follow these events in the States ... J
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Where were you relative to the fire? How did you get yourself embedded into this fire to take the shots?
You've covered much of the story well.

Sadly, it is one that is going to be played out more often, due to a number of poor policy decisions over the years, and also the ongoing lack of water.
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Very, very nice captures ... hope that the fire damage was not too great. I don't follow these events in the States ... J
We have them quite often in California, there is always some amount of damage depending on how close to structures they occur.

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Where were you relative to the fire? How did you get yourself embedded into this fire to take the shots? You've covered much of the story well. Sadly, it is one that is going to be played out more often, due to a number of poor policy decisions over the years, and also the ongoing lack of water.
This fire occurred in a community that is nestled in the hillsides, so I did not get any special access. I just drove as close as the police would permit and the Bigma did the work.
The shots that look like I am above the helicopters is because they climb vertically very close to the hillside so it appears I am higher but I am not.
The helicopters were filling up at a reservoir nearby so I hiked over to watch that activity also.

Our area is so dry and people are careless and even malicious, that these are a common occurrence.
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Nice reportage!
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Nice reportage!
Thanks K!
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I just found the Cal Fire Flickr page and will contact them to see if they want any of my photos. Thanks for the suggestion.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/calfire
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Nice shooting Larry. It's impressive watching the tankers make their runs.
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