Thomas Fire 2017


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The Thomas Fire was an anomaly, the then “largest fire in California history,” and in early December! It didn’t even hold that title for a year before being eclipsed by the Ranch Fire in the Mendocino Complex in 2018. The Thomas Fire and the Wine Country Fires of October of 2017, ushered in the, “new normal,” for California wildfires. As Cal Fire has stated, we no longer have a fire season. I made this image on the second night of the fire within minutes of arriving in Ventura, CA. The fire was burning in a drainage behind this street of houses in the hills over Ventura.

This image is printed on museum/archival quality acid-free and lignin-free Moab Entrada Bright Rag paper in either 11×14 or 16×20. Matted and framed sizes are 16×20 and 20×24.