Photographer Gains Hero Status as He Shoots Flames, Provides Live Updates

Over the last few years I've noticed some stunning photographs that captured some incredibly dramatic north-state fire moments. With each new fire season, I started to pay extra attention to one particular name that kept popping up: Mike Daly.

Mike Daly photo by Adam McAllister of KRCR.

During the Carr Fire, Daly not only took fire photos, but he took it upon himself to drive into active fire areas to provide live Facebook coverage of neighborhoods' status. This was a huge comfort for those who'd been evacuated and were waiting for word about their homes.

Sometimes, Daly reported good news, that a home had been spared. Other times, it was the worst news; that a home was lost. But with Daly's reports, people knew one way or another. Many of Daly's posts had thousands of views, and just as many shares. Following Daly's reports, his Facebook page was flooded with outpourings of support and gratitude for Daly.

Daly gained a reputation as a photographer who would sometimes go where many feared to venture. Soon, the Carr Fire took Daly's recognition as a freelance photographer to a whole other level.

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Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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2 Responses

  1. Beverly Stafford says:

    Great interview. Mike is an unsung hero to most of us to who look at just the photo and not the “by-line.” I’ll pay more attention.

  2. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    This was a great spotlight on a hometown hero.

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