Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This fire is out of control

Time Lapse Test: Station Fire from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

Just in case you haven't heard the news, Los Angeles is burning again. I thought the last fire was pretty bad. But with the 105,000 acres burned, this is the largest fire in county history since 1897. There's no containment in sight for at least another two weeks.

Although I live 20 minutes away from the fire, it's still very scary. I was at a red light on Sunday afternoon as I watched a fire cloud mushroom up ahead. It was like driving towards an erupting volcano. There was ash and smoke everywhere. A giant hose dangled from a helicopter as it thundered towards the hills.

For more pictures of the fire cloud (or "pyrocumulus" if you want to get really fancy), LA Observed has some really stunning shots.

And of course, there's Death Cab for Cutie's "Grapevine Fires," a song inspired by the 2007 wildfires.

It's hard to think I'll be watching LA's next brush fire from afar.

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