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Malibu Fire Photo Essay - Day 1

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The local tv news is doing something interesting today, they're really hyping their user- viewer-generated photographs during their broadcasts.

KNBC's even went a step further. When it showed a slideshow of photos from its viewers, they added a bed of solemn music as their reporter narrated over the images. Too bad their website doesn't have a permalink to the images, but whatevs, they're trying.

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As good as the photos were from locals and amateurs, it's pretty hard to compete with the pros, who pretty much live for these sorts of news stories (one reason LAist is here for you at 9pm on a Saturday night).

After the jump more photos from the Associated Press who totally busted with boots-on-the-ground images from the front of the fire lines and elsewhere to tell this tragic story.

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The amazing LAFD blog has a good post up today with more details and links to other coverage.

Top six photos by Dan Steinberg, followed by two by Kevork Djansezian, the next two by Mike Meadows, followed by one by Reed Saxon and the last photo of the frightened deer by Craig Durling / Associated Press