Eyewitness Images Tell Disaster Story

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By Newsmakers TV

When the Thomas Fire broke out last Dec. 4, Mike Eliason was teaching a community class on disaster preparedness. By the afternoon of Jan. 4, when the deadly scope and devastating scale of the massive Montecito debris flow began coming into focus, Mike had acquired - and recorded - a once-a-lifetime eyewitness understanding of the heroism and human toll that can result from a disaster for which no can prepare.

A Public Information Officer for Santa Barbara County Fire, and a former media news photographer whose work touched local residents for decades, Mike tirelessly spent weeks on the front lines, first of the fire, and then of the killer slides that followed. 

On "Newsmakers TV" this week, he sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jerry and, for more than 30 minutes, narrated the extraordinary stories behind by some of the thousands of powerful, emotional and important images that he captured during eight weeks that changed Santa Barbara forever. 

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a-1542423134 Feb 09, 2018 09:34 PM
Eyewitness Images Tell Disaster Story

Mike Eliason is an amazing Photographer! I have the pleasure of owning some of his Sports photo's and all my friends love them. Mike's departure from the SB News Press was my last day as a subscriber. If they let a good man like Mike go I was going too. Best thing that happened for us though because now he is out in the Public eye sharing his photo's and saving lives!

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