“I realized the day would not be straightforward as I was helping the fire crew move a burned log that was blocking their truck.
‘How long have you been up the road?’ I asked. I wanted to know how much time it had taken for the truck to become enclosed by trees on both sides.
‘Two minutes,’ was the reply.
Yes, it would be a complicated day covering wildfires in California as a photographer for The New York Times.
It was Aug. 21, and earlier that morning, my editor at The Times, Crista Chapman, asked me to go to Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Central California to document the effects of the C.Z.U. Lightning Complex Fire that had swept through earlier in the week.”