In California, where drought is a seasonal cycle as well as a condition that often affects the landscape for years at a time, it was big news earlier this week when the Governor declared the most recent period of drought to be officially over.
This shot was taken from the road headed north past Lake Shasta in 2008, a year notable for the ferocity and frequency of it’s wildfires. The air was thick with smoke, even hundreds of miles from the nearest blaze, and convoys of heavy-duty wildland firefighting equipment were seen daily speeding up and down the state highways. The distinctive firefighting airplane ‘Martin Mars’ was moored on the lake between runs.
With the recent rainy season and an immense snow-pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, this year would appear to be drought-free, though technically, with the seasonally dry summer-fall months ahead, combustible conditions are always just a heat-wave away.
In fact, today is breaking high-temperature records statewide, and it is being joked that just a few more days of this hot dry weather, and we’ll have to declare a drought again…
I have a few shots from recent fire-seasons that I intend to make available as fine-art prints with a fundraising twist, to be released this summer. Check out more fire-related photographs from my collection here.