Ray Ford
Courtesy Photo

When Ray Ford writes about wildfire in Santa Barbara’s backcountry, the landmarks he refers to don’t come off a map. No matter how distant or hard to get to, they come out of his memory of hiking through, around, or over mountains, peaks, ridges, canyons, pools, and watercourses over the decades. Far from being as relaxed as he seems, after this photo was taken, Ray climbed back into his truck to gather more for his first-hand reports and photographs of the Rey Fire, all posted at independent.com. For any who wonder about typos, we can confirm that the fire was not meant to be named after Ray Ford.


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