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It takes a village

base campFor the second time in as many months, the empty lot that houses Malibu's annual Chili Cookoff played host to hundreds of firefighters and repair crews. With another day of cool, still air, and the good news the fire is close to fully contained, the mood in the makeshift village is relaxed.

Walk around and you'll see portable showers, sleeping tents, mess tents, makeshift offices and temporary communication centers. Fire trucks cluster together by venue - LA City, County of LA, Fresno, Carson City, Urban Search and Rescue, and many more I couldn't get close enough to see. Firefighters tend the rigs, the morning sun bouncing bright from the deep reds and screaming greens of their polished surfaces. The dark, stinging scent of the scorched landscape follows you everywhere.

Here's a wide view of the base camp:
base camp

Fire trucks behind the nativity stage, which church members had rolled into place the day before the fire began:
nativity stage and fire trucks

The moonscape of Latigo Canyon:
latigo canyon

Unwinding with a game of Frisbee:
playing frisbee at base camp

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