Chico Photojournalist Captures a Camp Fire Rescue Team at Work

As smoke thins and ash settles, stillness calls the mind to know a great catastrophe has swept this land and its people; the rescue teams look for the missing.

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Charles Finlay
Charles Finlay has been a working photographer for over twenty years. After his formal studies in photography at The New York Institute of Photography, he worked in many commercial studios in New York. After serving in the US Army in Vietnam his interest turned to documentary and photojournalism. Working as a photojournalist in New York and San Francisco, he produced images for numerous publications world wide. Mr. Finlay has completed masters studies in photography at UC Berkeley, and also holds a PhD. He has been Nominated for “Best Of Photography” 1991. Photographic assignments included: Time, Woman’s Day, Newsweek, City of New York, Pageant, President Reagan’s campaign, President Carter, Governor Brown, Prince Charles, CBS News, NBC News production facility, Mayor of San Francisco, Mayor of San Jose, and many local political campaigns. Mr. Finlay has been specializing in political campaign photography, as he covers news events of interest. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Eleanor Townsend says:

    “stillness calls the mind to know a great catastrophe has swept this land and its people”.
    Amazingly accurately phrased, Charles. You have captured the mind-frame of so many of us, just going about our daily business but so, so distracted.
    Thank you for these moving photographs.

  2. R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

    I’m presuming someone crawled into that culvert to escape the fire and didn’t survive. What devastation!

  3. Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

    There’s a rumor going around on social media that the coming (hopefully) rains are going to wash toxic Camp Fire smoke from the sky and create a health hazard. Not true.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      There’s also a rumor that the fires were started by the Deep State’s Direct Energy Weapons. That’s not true either.

  4. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Thank you for the photos Charles. I doubt that this is a “rescue” effort at this time which makes it more of a grim and disheartening task for everyone involved. I am heartbroken for Paradise.

  5. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    I can only imagine . . . .

  6. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    There was a nursing home on Almond St., just south of Pearson. It was a hospital at one time and where my children were born 50+ years ago. I happened to stop and take a picture of the building on the Sunday before the fire . . . . I wonder what it looks like now. I pray the residents were evcuated.