August 28-31, 2009
When the Station Fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest, Rob and I were alarmed. We weren’t in any imminent danger, but it was large enough that we could see it from our home. As an East Coaster, I couldn’t look away. I had never seen anything like it. The compulsion to be an amateur photojournalist overtook me. So, Rob and I drove to a safe vantage point and I took photos a different intervals.
I started with the some shots during the day.
Plane drops fire retardant on Western flank of Station Fire – Friday, 8/28/09 2:15PM
The smoke could be seen for miles. It was frightening, but we were completely awestruck.
When we returned later that evening, the fire had advanced significantly.
In the midst of watching it the hillsides burn, I couldn’t help but feel sick to my stomach and saddened. The very same hills and forests that were on fire were the exact ones that had become our playground over the last couple of years. It’s hard to believe that we wouldn’t be taking any photos like this for a long while.
JPL trail on the way to Brown Mountain – Angeles National Forest – 2005
All of the landscapes and natural areas featured in the above photos were destroyed by the Station Fire.