2009 in Focus: Best of Times photography as presented by: Los Angeles Times

U.S. Forest Service firefighters let the Station fire burn along Angeles Crest Highway in the early morning hours in La Canada Flintridge. Backfires were set to keep flames from the mammoth blaze away from the foothill communities, including La Canada and La Crescenta. Magneto, left, and Jackson bail from their surfboards after a long ride during the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog competition, a fundraiser for animal welfare organizations. Each dog had 12 minutes to catch as many waves as possible. Kobe Bryant celebrates after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic, 99-86, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the 15th championship for the franchise.

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