The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burned for days and killed hundreds of people. The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 destroyed hundreds of city blocks and left a quarter of a million people homeless. Hurricane Iniki hit the Hawaiian Islands in 1992 with gusts up to 160 MPH and was the third most damaging hurricane in US history.
On Nov 4, 2010, the city of Pleasanton, California was on fire. Fortunately, it only lasted a few minutes and the fiery flames were extinguished before many even noticed it. You won't read about it in the newspaper, you won't hear about it in the news, and your grand kids won't learn about it in school. But, you read it here first...and I captured the moment on Kodachrome digital film.
Here is what I believe to be the first photo of the fire, flames licking away at the heavens and smoke filling the early evening sky.