The 2009 Jesusita Fire of Santa Barbara began on May 5 before 2pm, burned 8,733 acres, destroyed 80 homes and caused over $17 million of damage before being declared 100% contained on May 18 at 6pm.
The photographs in this book were taken on Tunnel Road in the mountains of Santa Barbara in the afternoon of May 28 and on the Jesusita Trail at dawn on May 30, 2009.
This book is dedicated to the residents of Santa Barbara who were affected by Jesusita. The two weeks of destruction left months of clean-up and years of rebuilding. The stress of the fire's threat and damage was only compounded by the labor and details of recovery: negotiating with insurance companies, dealing with contractors and landscapers, restoration cleaning furniture, dry cleaning everything, ozone cleaning the inside of houses and living with the constant smell of burned homes, vehicles and nature.