Quote of the Day - We saw the aerial photos this morning and that's when it really hit home, the devastation, ... I think there's a bit of denial. At some point you can just turn the TV off (but) they have to wake up with it every morning.
Sometimes pictures say it best. Below are six copyrighted photographs taken by Bryan Ventura, who designed and maintains our WLF website. The photos are published here with his permission - please respect his copyright. As you can see in the second-to-last photo, Bryan's home is right at the edge of the Santiago fire, just to provide you with some perspective. He and his home survived, thanks to the firefighters and the aerial teams (see the choreography in the last photo). Bryan's other fire photos can be seen here.
Update: The full width of the photos initially destroyed the MIPTC page design, but the photos are so fantastic and dramatic that I didn't want to downsize them at first. MIPTC got several complaints, however, so the page design has been restored and you can now click on the individual photographs to open them in a new window and see them full-sized, which I highly recommend.
Update: yesterday's news was good for our cabin in Running Springs' fight with the Slide fire (it survived), but last night a house just four or five houses from ours burned down. The whole experience is nerve-wracking, as Bryan's photos from Trabuco Canyon in Orange County, California clearly show.
Bryan's photos were taken of Los Alisos Boulevard in Rancho Santa Margarita, near Oso Reservoir, shown in the last photo. The reservoir backs up to a nursery, which you can see in the foreground, with Hidden Ridge just beyond. The ridge behind the last row of houses in the photos leads to El Toro Road on the left, and more toward the right is Live Oak Canyon and the Cooks Corner area.