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Thousands forced to evacuate as the winds fanned forest fires tearing through Southern California; Adam Housley reports from Ventura.

It’s a line nobody wants to be in. Starting with the solar eclipse in August, it seemed like a breaking news story happened every day, and I came out on almost every one.

Of Clemson South Carolina, where you are watching the eclipse was more surreal than I had ever thought, to then spending 9 days in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Irma came ashore and caused massive destruction, I always have a camera with me.

The solar eclipse seen in Clemson, S. C. Aug. 21, 2017.

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The solar eclipse seen in Clemson, S. C. Aug. 21, 2017.

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Priorities are always a live report on television, but between this and we see a glimpse of the history and the humanity.

Damages in Florida from Hurricane Irma.

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Damages in Florida from Hurricane Irma.

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I ended up in Las Vegas the coverage of the release of PB. Simpson, only to end up one of the first journalists on the scene for the horrific shooting at the country music festival.

The scene when the police respond to the shooting outside a country music festival in Las Vegas.

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Then after one day at home, I was in Northern California for the most destructive fire in the history of California. My hometown is the wine country and watching the fires burning out of control for days and then envelop the valleys with smoke was heartbreaking.

Charred remains of vehicles after the forest fires in Northern California.

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Firefighters respond to charred areas of forest fires in Northern California.

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After a short break, we rushed to Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small town outside of San Antonio. I still can’t understand the evil that must be there in person to walk into a church and do what he did.

Crosses mark the number of victims in the shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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The photo that gets me is where I captured FBI agents on his hands and knees in front of the church with the flag at half staff, looking for any proof and not wanting to miss one inch.

Federal officials investigate the scene of a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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Then it was the southern California fires. Once again the wind blows flames miles in some cases and the largest fire in the history, the Thomas Fire, ripping through the hills above Ventura California.

Firefighters respond to fires in Southern California.

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A firefighter works to extinguish the flames of the Thomas Fire in Southern California.

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The summer and autumn and in the winter of 2017 seemed to pass within a day. So many lives to change forever, much prevent. These images are etched in my mind as the many others.

Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and is currently a Los Angeles-based senior correspondent.

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