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    A close up look at mop-up: spray, mix, feel, repeat. The most efficient use of water when digging heat out of the ground is a combined spraying and stirring action. The fire burns roots in the ground, like little (and not so little) hidden tunnels of embers and trapped heat winding their way below. We follow them with tools and sensory input to smother and disperse heat until it no longer can feasibly spread or reignite. Basically, we like making mud, lots of it, and playing in it.
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    Your caption and image both set the scene so perfectly, Eli. I love how the headlamps are illuminating the water in this photograph. A great documentation of this moment.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Taken: Sep 14, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2018
    Location: Castella, California, United States
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
    Aperture: f/1.8
    ISO: 2500
    Copyright: © Eli Espinoza Goodman
    Categories: Adventure, Nature, People
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2018, Close Encounters