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Too Close To Home2378 viewsSaturday Evening, 9:07 PM, the Fire races up Brown Mountain. It was very intense. Those of us who stayed Despite Mandatory Evacuation Orders stood and watched.
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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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Orion2224 viewsThe Lockheed P-3 Orion, was originally developed in 1959 during the Cold War as a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Converted to an Aerial Tanker, it can carry 3,000 Gallons of Fire Retardant.
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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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Sunset Ridge2202 viewsSunday, 1:00 PM, the Fire continues it's assault up the back side of Sunset Ridge. Here, the fire is burning along the path of the Mount Lowe Motorway (Sunset Ridge).
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Firehawk Drop2201 viewsL.A. County Firehawk makes a drop along Sunset Ridge.
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Red Sky In The Morning . . .2181 viewsSaturday morning, 5:52 AM, the fire was still burning fiercly. These flames are coming up from the Arroyo Seco approaching Brown Mountain.
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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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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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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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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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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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