Living in Southern California, we are blessed with sunshine, beaches, and probably some of the best Mexican food in the U.S. But with our increasingly dry weather we are also faced with the danger of wildfires. After the recent Coco's fire we discovered a fire scar that was devastating yet somehow beautiful and mystical all at once. It was moving to be reminded of the impermanence of things, but also reassuring to see signs of life and rebirth throughout the affected area. Insects feeding off of the burnt wood and the few feathers we found indicated that life would once again inhabit the land.
Much of the California wildlife has adapted to fire, but since the arrival of humans, fire frequency has increased dramatically and in excess to what the chaparral environment can tolerate. Primarily the practice of prescribed burning threatens native California habitat. While you'd think controlled fires would eliminate 'fuel' it actually provides more room for non-native weeds and grasses to grow, which can be even more flammable.
To learn more about how to protect your home from wildfire please visit The California Chaparral Institute.
Thank you Hannah Ellen and Make-up by Stefania Iacobelli for helping with this shoot. Enjoy some behind the scenes footage below, and for best video quality, change your video settings to HD.