By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

11 Hellish Photos That Capture The Raw Power Of California’s Wildfires.

This year alone, there have been over 3,600 wildfires in California. The fires destroy thousands of acres of land, and cause people to be evacuated from their homes - sometimes never coming back. Stuart Palley is a Los Angeles native that has dedicated the last three years of his life to photographing wildfires, and his photos are at once powerful, beautiful, and shocking.

To capture these images, Palley follows weather communications closely for news of fires. Once there, he uses a long exposure that intensifies the heat and color of the inferno. See his incredible images below.

The El Portal Fire burning on a hill in the Stanislaus National Forest. This fire burned over 3,000 acres.

The Etiwanda Fire in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

The French Fire burning through steep and rugged terrain while workers look on.

The Way Fire burns in the Sierra National Forest near Kernville, California.

The Meadow Fire burns overnight near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park early Monday September 8, 2014. At the time this photo was taken, the fire had burned over 4,500 acres.

The Shirley Fire burns at night off of Old State Rd near Lake Isabella, California. Overhead, a helicopter circles and dumps water overtop.

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