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Air Show1778 viewsTaken 9/30/05
"Air Show" is how the Firemen refer to the Air Tankers. This retardant drop is on the Burbank Fire which started yesterday, 9/29/05.
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Fire Sun1598 viewsTaken 9/30/05
Other than re-sizing this photo, no color or contrast correction was done. This is the view of the Sun looking through the smoke from the Burbank Fire.
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Quebec 11824 viewsTaken 9/30/05
Quebec 1 and Quebec 2. Those are the Radio Callsigns for the two Super Scoopers from Canada. Every year, beginning Oct 1, these 2 amazing airplanes are loaned to the Southern California area during our Fire Season. They were at the Hollywwod Burbank Airport and special permission was given to use them early to fight this fire. They fly to a nearby lake, or even the ocean, and scoop up 1000's of gallons of water which they precisely drop on the hot spots.
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Purple Mountain's Majesty1962 viewsTaken 9/16/06
The setting Sun and smoke from the "Day" Fire combined with the rugged San Gabriel Mountains created this interesting gradation of color and tone.
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Red Flag Sunrise1827 viewsTaken 2/7/06
Another Red Flag Warning for Southern California. Gusty Winds and extreme Low Humidity prompted another day of Red Flag Fire Danger. This beautiful Sunrise, looking East from Downtown Los Angeles is unfortunately made more dramatic with smoke in the air from a fire burning out of control in the Cleveland National Forest. Over 3500 Acres have burned with some progress being made this morning. Fortunately there have not been any injuries or homes lost at this point in time.
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Wood Fairies1925 viewsTaken 11/12/06
Have you ever heard stories about the Wood Fairies? It has to do with Fairies escaping from the wood burned in campfires. I’m not sure where the story originated but apparently its true. Can you see them in the photo leaving the fire?
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Early Morning Wakeup1803 viewsAn eraly morning fire in Downtown Los Angeles snarled traffic. About 160 Firefighters attacked the fire at 4th and Broadway from the ground and Ladder Trucks. The building was destroyed but nearby structures were saved.
Taken 2/05/2007
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Lowe Fire 11871 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 21767 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 31774 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 41822 viewsA small fixed wing aircraft makes a Phoscheck drop.
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Lowe Fire 51826 viewsIn this photo, a Camp Crew can be seen working the fire along a steep ridge.
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