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Bill Westphal's Photo Gallery - Station Fire

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Air Assault At Sundown1696 viewsThe Air Show went on late into the afternoon. Here, a P-2 Neptune comes out of the Arroyo after a Retardant drop.
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Air Show2001 viewsThats what they call the Aerial Assault on the fires. And Saturday was the "Air Show" in Altadena. Aircraft of all types and sizes were brought in. It was a photographers dream, but a homeowners nightmare.

Here, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 makes a retardant drop over Brown Mountain. Can you imagine diving a Jumbo Jet through the canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains? It was incredible.
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Close To Home2086 viewsFriday, 4:25 PM. The fire continued to make it's way east. This view looking down our street shows the smoke billowing up from the back side of Brown Mountain.
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Closer To Home1936 viewsSunday brought the fire even closer to home. Burning hotter and faster the fire can be seen erupting behind the ridge in Millard Canyon.
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Cobra2075 viewsThe AH-1 Firewatch Cobra is used for monitoring and directing fire operations. Equipped with high tech gadgets like Infared and Low-Light Sensors, it provides the firefighters with an excellent tool for monitoring the fire.
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DC-102222 viewsThe McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is classified as a "Very Large Air Tanker" by Cal-Fire. Ya think !

Originally delivered as a civil passenger plane, the DC-10 can carry a whopping 12,000 Gallons of Fire Retardant. It can drop it's load in 8 seconds in a line 300 feet wide and one mile long!
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Firehawk2141 viewsThe Sikorsky S-70 "Firehawk" is the civilian version of the U.S. Army's popular Blackhawk Helicopter. This Firehawk from L.A. County Fire can carry 1,000 Gallons of water.
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Firehawk Drop2201 viewsL.A. County Firehawk makes a drop along Sunset Ridge.
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First Glimpse1806 viewsMy first glimpse of the Station Fire on the way home from work. Picture is taken by the Rose Bowl. The fire is still a ways back in the forest.
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JPL Under Siege2265 viewsThursday 8/27 around 8:45 PM. Lynne and I went down to the Arroyo to see how the fire was going. It was an eerie sight to see the fire extending along the ridge behind JPL. It didn't look like it was going to get any better soon.
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K-Max1908 viewsThe Karman "K-Max" Type 1 Heavy Lift Helicopter. Called the "Air Tractor", I call this the Gooney Bird because it looks and sounds funny. It has two opposing rotors on top and no tail rotor. It can carry 700 Gallons of water.

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Neptune1842 viewsThe Lockheed P-2 Neptune was originally Naval Patrol Bomber used for Anti-Submarine warfare. Converted into an aerial tanker, it can carry 2,700 Gallons of Fire Retardant.
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