On Assignment with BILD German News Media by Chris Rusanowsky

Story about the horses and staff at the Humane Society of Ventura County

Article Link: https://www.bild.de/news/ausland/news-ausland/kalifornien-diese-pferde-sind-durch-die-feuer-hoelle-gegangen-58437646.bild.html

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County holds one of the two rescued horses from the Woolsey Fire, as the horse is given a setative, to treat its injuries.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County holds one of the two rescued horses from the Woolsey Fire, as the horse is given a setative, to treat its injuries.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County holds two rescued horses from the Woolsey Fire, 24 hours ago. Christie Tracy, Equine Specialist, and HSVC Animal Rescue found both horses suffering from burns.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County holds two rescued horses from the Woolsey Fire, 24 hours ago. Christie Tracy, Equine Specialist, and HSVC Animal Rescue found both horses suffering from burns.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County holds two rescued horses from the Woolsey Fire, 24 hours ago. Christie Tracy, Equine Specialist, and HSVC Animal Rescue found both horses suffering from burns. Both horses are kept close together to prevent any added stress on the animals.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County holds two rescued horses from the Woolsey Fire, 24 hours ago. Christie Tracy, Equine Specialist, and HSVC Animal Rescue found both horses suffering from burns. Both horses are kept close together to prevent any added stress on the animals.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - The Humane Society of Ventura County - Christie Tracy, Equine Specialist (Left) holds the horse calm during an exam.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - The Humane Society of Ventura County - Christie Tracy, Equine Specialist (Left) holds the horse calm during an exam.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - The Humane Society of Ventura County - Dr. April Armstrong (Right), injects a tranquilizer to the rescued horse, which the owner of the horse has told the HSVC was pregnant. After the exam, the horse was found not to be pregnant nor was ever.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - The Humane Society of Ventura County - Dr. April Armstrong (Right), injects a tranquilizer to the rescued horse, which the owner of the horse has told the HSVC was pregnant. After the exam, the horse was found not to be pregnant nor was ever.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County - Dr.April Armstrong (Left) exams the injured horse as Christie Tracy (Center) holds and calms the horse.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County - Dr.April Armstrong (Left) exams the injured horse as Christie Tracy (Center) holds and calms the horse.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County - Water pours down the injured horse and exposes the injuries from the Woolsey Fire.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County - Water pours down the injured horse and exposes the injuries from the Woolsey Fire.

 11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County - Christina Malleck, HSVC staff member, walks a rescued horse that has suffered from injuries, back to his pen after being washed and examed.

11/14/2018 - Ojai, CA - Humane Society of Ventura County - Christina Malleck, HSVC staff member, walks a rescued horse that has suffered from injuries, back to his pen after being washed and examed.

Brush Fire brings a scare! Rialto, CA by Chris Rusanowsky

At about 9pm a Brush Fire sparks up in Rialto, CA.

 At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes.

At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes.

 At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Fire Department sprays electric poles preventing in further spark ups.

At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Fire Department sprays electric poles preventing in further spark ups.

 At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Rialto Fire Department checks the roof of a home on Amberwood Court.

At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Rialto Fire Department checks the roof of a home on Amberwood Court.

 At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Lizzie Figueroa (Left) and Francisco Figueroa (Right) watch as the Rialto Fire Department mp up the remains of the brush fire.

At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Lizzie Figueroa (Left) and Francisco Figueroa (Right) watch as the Rialto Fire Department mp up the remains of the brush fire.

 At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. A firefighter controls water pressure to his teammates on the frontlines of the brush fire.

At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. A firefighter controls water pressure to his teammates on the frontlines of the brush fire.

 At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Rialto Fire Department trucks stage near Amberwood Court as they take control of the brush fire.

At 9 pm, 11/14/2018 a fast-moving brush fire breaks out, burning 20 acres in the first three minutes. Rialto Fire Department trucks stage near Amberwood Court as they take control of the brush fire.

What I carry into a wildfire. by Chris Rusanowsky

What I bring when covering a fire.

The first fire I have ever covered was the Canyon Fire in Corona, CA that burned 1500 Acres near the 91 Freeway. This experience taught me what to prepare for and how I put myself in danger. I do not recommend people to go and cover fires unless they are experienced and willing to do so with care for the situation and people working and affected by these events. This article is for those that are curious what I bring on a job.

I went out to the Corona Fire wearing a t-shirt and jeans... Bad idea, I ended up getting caught on the front lines of the fire. My t-shirt was no match for the embers and my eyes blinded and stung from the hurricane winds.


 This photo is the protective and camera gear I carry while on assignment in a fire. Still, there is more I could be wearing, but I do not go deep into the blaze. To me, it's to dangers, and I am not trained to handle those situations.

This photo is the protective and camera gear I carry while on assignment in a fire. Still, there is more I could be wearing, but I do not go deep into the blaze. To me, it's to dangers, and I am not trained to handle those situations.

Now besides fires, I have to be careful of other elements during the midst of chaos. Respecting people and their homes! Fires are stressful and scary time for communities. They have minutes to pack up their lives and flee from the area.

Staying out of the fire departments way, I have always tried to get as close as possible to my subjects, but I do it where I don't get in the way. There are times where firefighters asked me to help him with moving a hose. I put down my cameras and help.

People are driving in a panic and emergency vehicles race around. Watching out for traffic and wearing High Visibility Clothing keeps me safe from being a new problem for emergency teams and a dead photographer.

Being confused with a looter. Criminals find that this is an opportunity to prey on those who are vulnerable. When I am walking around the aftermath of fires, I make sure to respect peoples homes, carry my press credentials on my persons and vehicle and speak with people that are in the area. When people know I am looking for pictures and stories, they don't think I am a suspect of no good.

I hope this little article makes sense and informs you what myself and other photojournalist carry and take on during a fire.