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Bureau of Indian Affairs firefighters watching a helicopter fly over a wildfire.

Denver Firefighters Museum - Colorado

Shand Mason fire-fighting equipment at the museum.

While on a fire in Joshua Tree National Park, I took this picture of a crew boss working a handline. The fire had grown to thousands of acres but this was the last vestige of active flame on the whole event. We had great difficulty with this fire because of the wilderness designation, we could only use hand crews on foot. Once he crew boss put it out...there was no more.



Damping down the flames on this tulip petal.

An abandoned papermill virtually untouched by vandalism or graffiti. Not sure about the whole history but it dates back to the 1920s/30s.


The Chocolate Milk Germany UE Tour. All win no fail and some epic locations with host, sunny weather, many miles travelled and much chocolate milk consumed.


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Yet another little thing meant for my project. I swear, I better get full marks for this.


Everything is purist except for the gas mask.


Saturday's airshow in Santa Rosa drew thousands of people to gaze skyward at dizzying aerobatics and warbirds from a bygone era. But the most noteworthy performance at the two-day Wings Over Wine Country was an unscripted appearance by Cal Fire pilots.

Within view of the crowd at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, they swooped down in large tankers, dropping red retardant on a series of small brush fires that were sparked by errant flares. Many said the real-life demonstration of aerial firefighting prowess upstaged the actual show. They whooped and applauded as a tanker pilot dropped a load.

“This is phenomenal,” said Paul Derkos of Santa Rosa, a volunteer with the sponsoring Pacific Coast Air Museum. “They tried to get Cal Fire to perform and couldn't. Now here they are, putting on a great show.”

Three fires along the runway and a fourth in a grove of oak trees north of the airport delayed scheduled performances by about an hour. Firefighters estimated the total acreage at about 65. The show resumed by mid-afternoon with flights by World War II fighter planes.

Gone from this year's lineup were flyovers from active military aircraft. The federal budget sequester has grounded planes from Beale and March Air Force bases, such as the U-2 spy plane and the massive C-17 Globemaster transport.

The Marine Corps' vertical takeoff Harriers, which performed last year, also had to bow out.

“They would love to come but funding cuts have put that on hold,” said Wayne Seamans, airshow director. Plane buffs didn't seem to mind. They watched sleek, aerobatic planes do barrel rolls and hammerhead turns, trailing smoke, and waited in line for the chance to sit in the cockpits of decommissioned fighters and bombers.

The fires appeared to break out during a performance by professional stunt pilot Julie Clark. Falling embers from a pyrotechnic flare as the suspected cause. Fire trucks raced across the tarmac and aerial tankers flew in. A crowd gathered at the north end of the viewing area, cheering them on. “Yeah!” yelled a woman in a red tank top and floppy hat as a plane swung low and dropped retardant. “Go Cal Fire!”


A local volunteer fire service training exercise

Type 3 helicopter is using a bucket to drop water on hotspots around a wildfire.

Another one from the archives, shot on high speed Ektachrome film and then scanned. This was taken some 30 years ago in Dallas of a strip mall burning. A little different than most of my recent work but I was a working photojournalist earlier in my career. Mostly I like the shot because of the action and the fact the ladder leads the eye into the shot and the water leads the eye to the flamers.

Images from the 7th March showing firefighters from Greater Manchester tackling the recycling fire on Duncan Street.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA—Aerial firefighting units from Ventura County assist Orange County Fire Authority and U.S. Forestry Service in an effort to control a wildfire in Cleveland National Forest in eastern Orange County. As of noon pacific time, local televion news is reporting the blaze is completely out of control, despite efforts of firefighters from more than 15 agencies in four counties. An estimated 1,000 acres have been burned.

Training exercise with cosmetic smoke

Helicopter performing bucket firefighting operations with a Bureau of Indian Affairs truck.


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