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Lowe Fire 1698 viewsA small brush fire in Altadena, CA, 8/26/07, was brought under control quickly by Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Crews. Due to the rough terrain, the fire was fought primarily from the air with the support of Camp Crews. In this photo, one of the new BlackHawk Helicopters used by Los Angeles County Fire snorkels water from a "Pumpkin" set up at a nearby Helispot. The BlackHawks can carry 1,000 Gallons compared to 300 carried by older Helicopters.
Photo by my Brother Dan Westphal.
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Lowe Fire 2586 viewsA small brush fire in Altadena, CA yesterday was brought under control quickly by Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Crews. The "LOWE" fire was fought primarily from the air with the support of Camp Crews.
In this photo a Helicopter makes a water drop right over a Camp Crew working the fire below.

This photo was taken by my Daughter Whitney Westphal.
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Lowe Fire 3586 viewsThe "Lowe" Fire (named for nearby Mt. Lowe) was in steep terrain near power lines. In this photo, a Sky Crane Helicopter makes a water drop dangerously close to power lines.
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Lowe Fire 4623 viewsA small fixed wing aircraft makes a Phoscheck drop.
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Lowe Fire 5615 viewsIn this photo, a Camp Crew can be seen working the fire along a steep ridge.
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Griffith Park Fire 1597 viewsThe Griffith Park Fire, 5/8/07, burned approximately 60% of the Park's land. The Observatory, along with the Zoo and Carousel were saved.
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Griffith Park 2605 viewsThis is one of Los Angeles County Fire's new BlackHawk Helicopters. They can carry 1,000 Gallons of water and provide subtantially more fire fighting power than the older Helicopters.
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Griffith Park 3576 viewsIt's hard to imagine the skill and bravery of these pilots.
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