This Video Gets Up Close and Personal With California Wildfires

When a forest fire threatens, most people try to stay clear of the area—but there are some whose job it is to go directly into the blaze. For a documentary project called Fire Chasers, photographer Jeff Frost followed members of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as they worked to save the trees and nearby communities from massive wildfires. In a recently released high definition 4K preview video, Frost highlights the intense and breathtaking views seen by the firefighters risking their lives to contain and quench the flames.

During one section of the timelapse footage, the flames span the entire valley. "As crazy as it looks, that was the mellow part of my day," Frost told The Creator's Project. The photographer admits that there are drawbacks to using timelapse techniques in the middle of such a dangerous event.

"If I had any sense I'd be using a bunch of slow-motion cameras, but they're too bloody expensive," he said. "Timelapse is the exact wrong technique to be using in a run and gun scenario, which is maybe why I'm doing it. Because I'm all wrong. So it's back to the basics compared to a lot of my other work."

The 4K footage is all shot from Frost's stationary and mobile POV. However, the photographer said that he is hoping to use helicopters and drones in the future—as long as they don't cause safety problems.

"NOTE: NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES, PEOPLE!" he told The Creator's Project. "It causes the aircraft to be grounded because they don't wanna be smacking into things in the sky while they're fighting fires. IF we get to do it at all it's going to be with the coordination of the people on the ground fighting the fires."

The video above will be available to download for free on Vimeo until March 15. Check it out above, and take a look at Jeff Frost's social media accounts for still images of the fires and future updates on the Fire Chasers project.

[h/t Hypebeast]

Banner image via Jeff Frost on Vimeo

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.



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