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Photography Exhibit Captures Devastation Of California Wildfires

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Kincade Fire by Noah Berger Courtesy of the artist and Associated Press
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Wildfires have devastated parts of Northern and Southern California in the past few years, and a new photography exhibit at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside depicts their consequences.

“Facing Fire,” which opens on Feb. 22 and will remain on display through Aug. 9, includes the works of 16 artists, and is a mix of photojournalism and art photography. Some of the images were taken by individuals who were personally affected by the fires.

"When we were evacuated, we didn't actually see a fire in front of us or anything, and then our home was destroyed four hours later," said Norma I. Quintana, a professional photographer from Northern California whose work is included in the show, in a statement released by the museum.

In Los Angeles County, some of the most damaging blazes of recent years were the 2019 Saddle Ridge and Tick Fires, which burned 8,799 acres and 4,615 acres, respectively; and the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which burned 96,949 acres over the course of 56 days.

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Swimming Pool, Woolsey Fire by Kevin Cooley (Courtesy of the artist and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles )
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Abandoned burned out vehicles are seen on the side of the road in Paradise, California after the Camp fire tore through the area on November 10, 2018. (Josh Edelson/AFP)
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Still frame from California on Fire (Jeff Frost)

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