Creek Fire 2 - The Infinite Ending Photography

Tuesday, Dec 6th


7:23 AM

Dec 6th, 7:23am

Dec 6th, 7:23am

I was running a little late this morning. The fire had us all a bit discombobulated. My wife and I love this word, by the way. We are nerds. At first I didn't really see a ton of smoke in the morning, so we just carried on a regular day.


On my way to the gas station, this is the view I had.


Looming.


Ominous.


Those are a few more words we can use for this.

Tuesday, Dec 6th 11:51 AM

Dec 6th, 11:51am

Dec 6th, 11:51am

We got notices from the park that we were on lockdown, and nobody could enter or exit the park. Then we were notified that if you were at work, you could come home but you had to stay. 





I came home early from work, and this is what greeted me. The fire was back in full force. There were cops literally blocking the street at the park entrance... asking me for ID. I asked what was going on, and he said that they were only letting in residents. I asked the officer if we were having a problem with non-residents coming in, and he gave me a mean look that pierced through his sunglasses and said "I don't know, do you?" 


The cop had looked at me like I was some criminal, right after he verified my ID, and waved me through. WTF is going on here. This is just too weird.

Tuesday, Dec 6th 12:27 PM

Dec 6th, 12:27pm

Dec 6th, 12:27pm

It's a relief when you see these planes coming in. These are not the super large ones... but they are huge.


You could tell by watching their wings swaying that they were struggling with the wind, although it was nowhere near as windy. We had been getting 60-80mph gusts the other day. 


One of the neighbors I spoke with on the hill said that there were no aircraft on it all day. I assured them that I did see one helicopter at least when I arrived, but now the bigger aircraft were showing up. It was because another fire had broke out (#skirballfire) and everyone left (it seemed from where we were) to go and put out that fire. This one got out of control again while they were gone from the looks of it.


There was a fire to the northwest of us as well, in Santa Clarita (#ryefire), another in Ventura (#thomasfire) and now the one near the Getty and probably the most used freeway connecting the valley with downtown Los Angeles. 


All they could do was to juggle back and forth. There were 30+ agencies working together on just this one fire I was watching. I can't even imagine organizing everyone. 

Dec 6th, 12:41pm

Dec 6th, 12:41pm

Dec 6th, 12:56pm

Dec 6th, 12:56pm

Here's one of the helicopters with the large water bucket working on it.

Dec 6th, 12:56pm

Dec 6th, 12:56pm

Dec 6th, 12:57pm

Dec 6th, 12:57pm

This thing was immense.


Now, I know the Ventura fire is a planet sized fire compared to this one though. 

Dec 6th, 1:00pm

Dec 6th, 1:00pm

Dec 6th, 1:00pm

Dec 6th, 1:00pm

Tuesday, Dec 6th 4:40 PM

Dec 6th, 4:40pm

Dec 6th, 4:40pm

I walked up the hill with one of the neighbors. The sun was starting to set, and the sun was especially orange with all of the smoke. the fire had spread more south, southeast... and it was raging.

Dec 6th, 4:42pm

Dec 6th, 4:42pm

Dec 6th, 4:43pm

Dec 6th, 4:43pm

Dec 6th, 4:43pm

Dec 6th, 4:43pm

Here's that epic shot of the firefighters in the sunset.

Dec 6th, 4:45pm

Dec 6th, 4:45pm

Tuesday, Dec 6th 6:00 pm

Dec 6th, 6:03pm

Dec 6th, 6:03pm

Going outside now, the sky was dark already. You could see the glow from the fire, and a few spots of it sticking up. These are long exposures. In low light it becomes difficult to get the camera to match how we see it. The advantage is that you can keep the shutter open as long as you need to gather as much light as possible. 

Dec 6th, 6:05pm

Dec 6th, 6:05pm

Dec 6th, 6:22pm

Dec 6th, 6:22pm

We were packed up and ready to go, and so was this little fur ball.