If you are not my mother or Chelsea, then by all means, have a look at the pictures below (they both say I need to ask for safer assignments).
There were two BIG wildfires a couple of weeks ago in the Reno area that were sparked by a trailer with a flat tire being dragged down the highway. By the time the fires were contained, they had already burned almost 12,000 acres and cost something like $3.4 million to fight (compare that to the small 14 acre fire I shot earlier). I still find it amazing that one little spark can do so much damage out here.
I was sort of on the night shift when it came to these fires. I went to them in the evening and usually stayed out there until 1 or 2 a.m. That was fine with me since daytime temps were around 100 degrees and wearing fire gear is no fun in the heat.
It was a challenge to get pictures at night though. I wasn’t close enough to the fire to get shots of firefighters working and it was pretty dark out to get anything else. So, I painted with light for one photo, tried to shoot as much as possible with daylight still remaining, and did my best with the rest:
Pete Wobbe, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department fire chief, takes a drink of water after getting off the fire line of the second of two wildfires sparked along Red Rock Road northeast of Reno Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)
With air support suspended for the evening and the added problem of high winds, the Red Rock wildfire burns into the night northeast of Reno Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)
And I am sorry, but I had to take a picture of myself looking like a complete dork in my fire gear. Insert your comments in the comment section. And if you are my mother, ignored the warnings, and are still reading this post, I really wasn’t that close to the fire– I promise. Fire always looks more dramatic at night.
Dressed in some sweet fire retardant clothing and a stylish but practical fire helmet, Uber dork John Schreiber takes a self portrait at the Red Rock wildfire northeast of Reno Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (© John Schreiber)