Sand Fire Panorama

I walked out my front door and noticed a plume of smoke over my neighbors houses. It was over 110 degrees in Santa Clarita today, and the winds are very high. It’s the perfect fire weather, or “extreme” fire conditions according to the fire department.

So, I asked my 13-year-old if he’d like to go photograph it with me. His first response was, I didn’t notice a fire. He had just been outside and in the minutes he was inside, the plume had grown quite a bit. By the time we reached a spot above Saugus High School to photograph it, the plume had doubled in size.

Sand Fire Portrait

This fire has been named the “Sand Fire” and at the time of this photo was at 1500 acres and 0% containment. The conditions are not going to help the firefighters today. I’ll go back later near sunset and see how much it has grown.

Here’s hoping that nobody is injured and no homes are lost.


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  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-6000
  • Taken: 22 July, 2016
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 27mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
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