It's been a great thing that fires haven't wreaked much havoc on Solano County this year. When they do happen, they can make for pretty dramatic photos though. This fire that ran right up to, but fortunately not over, the Trilogy Development in Rio Vista was no exception.
Before I was at the DR I was a photographer in Montana. Although Montana has it's share of incredible forest fires, often they are in remote places and access can be difficult for both physical and legal reasons. Usually if a major fire broke out I knew that eventually I would be stopped by either a dead end road or a guy with a walkie talkie. However in California, because fires can so dramatically affect both people and nature, we have a shield law. It basically allows journalists to get as close as we want to fires so that we can deliver the best reporting and photography possible from a situation. This picture would have been next to impossible to make in Montana where I would have been stopped hundreds of yards away from this scene, however in Rio Vista all it requirred was for me to walk a few miles until I got to where the action was. This young firefighter actually asked me if I was supposed to be so close and his boss said, "reporters can pretty much do what they want around here so just focus on your job and let him do his."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Hope all is well -