The morning of July 30, 2017 the Fire Management team has reported that the fires of the Modoc July Complex have grown to 39,623 acres with 40% containment. I can attest that this is one intense fire, as last night [July 29, 2017], a group of adventuring photographers and filmmakers: Joe Spendolini, Jason McMurry, Ryan Niemi, and myself Brian Gailey, found our way to the front lines of the Steele Fire of the Modoc July Complex and ended up right in the heart of the blaze.
We began our adventure from Klamath Falls. OR before sunset. With the hope shooting from an abandoned AT&T Long Distance tower on Brady Butte in southeastern Klamath County, located on the Oregon-California state line. Upon our arrival, we found that the tower and the butte had good views of the billowing smoke but was not a good vantage point for the fire. We pressed on.Read More