Southern California Fires

scottVscottV Major grinsRegistered Users Posts: 354 Major grins
edited November 21, 2008 in Street and Documentary
Took these yesterday in the Anaheim Hills area. Originally just going to get some wide shots of the plume over the 91 corridor. Came across this neighborhood where the fire was quickly advancing up the hill. The helicopters were dropping water on houses one street below, it was amazing how low they get in the windy conditions, I kept getting wet.
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Going for a drop.
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This was shot @ 24mm, yeah it was close.
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Police showed up about 15 minutes after I got there and evacuated all the houses... It was a pretty crazy and emotional scene.
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A man staying behind to water his house let me in the backyard to get a better view. The hillside was also starting to burn towards us.
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Snapped this one after the residents had left and before the fire department arrived. An eerie time, silent except for the dull sound of smoke alarms in the homes.
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Spraying down palm trees that ignited.
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Later on I went a few blocks over and found 3 houses together that were completely destroyed.
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Stopped on my way home to watch the choppers fill up in the reservoir and finish off my memory cards
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All the others can be found here:
http://scottvickers.smugmug.com/gallery/6566393_YrdYo#418005060_BAWkP

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  • DeeDee Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,981 Major grins
    edited November 16, 2008
    What fantastic photos, sorry they had to be of so much devastation and heartbreak. I enjoyed your story telling also.
  • rontront Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,473 Major grins
    edited November 16, 2008
    Great pictures Scott. It is too bad that this event is happening and I am very sorry for all of the people that have lost their homes. We had something similar happen here in Spokane this summer. Not near to the extent as this, but there were some very nice homes lost also.

    Thanks for sharing these with us, Ron
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  • Tee WhyTee Why Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,390 Major grins
    edited November 16, 2008
    Like that second shot. Very unique and dramatic.
  • DaddyODaddyO Grins In Progress Registered Users Posts: 4,466 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2008
    Dee wrote:
    What fantastic photos, sorry they had to be of so much devastation and heartbreak. I enjoyed your story telling also.

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  • SkippySkippy Forensic Wannabe Registered Users Posts: 12,075 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2008
    f00sion wrote:
    Took these yesterday in the Anaheim Hills area. Originally just going to get some wide shots of the plume over the 91 corridor. Came across this neighborhood where the fire was quickly advancing up the hill. The helicopters were dropping water on houses one street below, it was amazing how low they get in the windy conditions, I kept getting wet.

    Going for a drop.

    This was shot @ 24mm, yeah it was close.

    Police showed up about 15 minutes after I got there and evacuated all the houses... It was a pretty crazy and emotional scene.

    A man staying behind to water his house let me in the backyard to get a better view. The hillside was also starting to burn towards us.

    Snapped this one after the residents had left and before the fire department arrived. An eerie time, silent except for the dull sound of smoke alarms in the homes.

    Spraying down palm trees that ignited.

    Later on I went a few blocks over and found 3 houses together that were completely destroyed.

    Stopped on my way home to watch the choppers fill up in the reservoir and finish off my memory cards

    All the others can be found here:
    http://scottvickers.smugmug.com/gallery/6566393_YrdYo#418005060_BAWkP

    Great reporting Scott, how scary would that be to see a huge fire so close, know how destructive it has already been. eek7.gif

    The palm trees in the shot with the Police Officer,
    are they wiltered from the heat, or bending in the wind?

    Heartbreaking for so many people, sad to see but it happens all too often.

    Hope we don't have the same here in Australia this summer.

    Thanks for sharing Scott thumb.gif ... Skippy :D
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  • scottVscottV Major grins Registered Users Posts: 354 Major grins
    edited November 19, 2008
    thanks everyone.

    skippy: the palm trees were bent from the wind
  • roentarreroentarre Addict Registered Users Posts: 497 Major grins
    edited November 19, 2008
    A very good series of photojournalism.


    A sad day but you captured the scenes well
  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayRegistered Users Posts: 2,294 Major grins
    edited November 19, 2008
    I hate to see the devastation, but you truly captured some awsome photos.
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  • Frog LadyFrog Lady See, I'm really not green Registered Users Posts: 1,091 Major grins
    edited November 20, 2008
    Scott - you did a great job of capturing the events associated w/ the SoCal wildfires. Your images brought memories flooding back from the "Old Fires" (2003 if memory serves correctly). My neighborhood was almost evacuated twice as the fires came very close (the similar style architecture and landscaping was almost erie) to an old dead orange orchard across the street. We also had a mini-lake in the association that served as a reservoir and saw way too many of those helo's coming in and out. We were lucky though, no damage in our neighborhood.

    Unfortunately, it seems these events are becoming all to frequent.

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  • tsk1979tsk1979 Major grins Registered Users Posts: 939 Major grins
    edited November 20, 2008
    When I first came to California, I was very amazed to find houses, and even 2-3 story apartment complexes made of wood!
    In India, wood is almost never used, except in floorings of very expensive houses since its considered to be luxury.
    So all houses are mostly made of bricks, and bigger ones and apartments are made of Concrete blocks.
    So no change of fire doing anything to the structure unless you have done heavy woodwork in the houses.
    Why are houses in california made of wood? Is it significantly cheaper than concrete etc.,
    In India, wood is very expensive, and therefore as a cheap and cost effective option bricks(fired in kilns) or concrete blocks called suparex are used.
    Flooring is either cement(poor man), Ceramic tiles(meidum to high cost depending upon budget) or Marble(medium to high cost)


    Won't it make sense for new construction to be done with concrete or bricks in fire prone areas. These houses just provide fodder to fires!
  • scottVscottV Major grins Registered Users Posts: 354 Major grins
    edited November 21, 2008
    tsk1979 wrote:
    When I first came to California, I was very amazed to find houses, and even 2-3 story apartment complexes made of wood!
    In India, wood is almost never used, except in floorings of very expensive houses since its considered to be luxury.
    So all houses are mostly made of bricks, and bigger ones and apartments are made of Concrete blocks.
    So no change of fire doing anything to the structure unless you have done heavy woodwork in the houses.
    Why are houses in california made of wood? Is it significantly cheaper than concrete etc.,
    In India, wood is very expensive, and therefore as a cheap and cost effective option bricks(fired in kilns) or concrete blocks called suparex are used.
    Flooring is either cement(poor man), Ceramic tiles(meidum to high cost depending upon budget) or Marble(medium to high cost)


    Won't it make sense for new construction to be done with concrete or bricks in fire prone areas. These houses just provide fodder to fires!
    I think the wood construction is a combination of cost, for material and especially labor, and also earthquake safety.
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