I drove all night to get to the Simi Valley Fire. The night
picture is the 118 overpass at Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The fire
is coming right down the mountain. I parked the sat truck on top
of the bridge
and started doing live shots at 3am. These flames were blazing at
when I pulled up. About 2am the wind died and the flames just
out. Our live shot was fairly boring when the sun came up.
with 20 minutes to pack everything up, I moved the truck to a new
location in the Twin lakes community about a mile up into the hills.
From here the news crews could see flames in their shots.
The helicopters were buzzing all about us as soon as the sun was
fully up. Dropping water on flames not more than a mile or so
from my truck. The white square thing is a lighting screen from
one of the camera positions, but the chopper dropped lots of water on
A few days later and a quick drive back to Phoenix for a job that was
booked long before the fires started and I am back at the Old Fire in
San Bernardino Mountains. Below is the community of Cedar Glen.
It was almost completely burned to the ground with only the
chimneys standing. The big black chunks to the left of the hearth
are the stove and the washing machine.
Just after I took this picture I looked down and the same fire
leveled this house only melted this action figure. The last
is correspondent Larry Weidman in the red coat giving hourly reports