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OK, so I'm standing on a ridgeline tonight watching another fire in L.A. bearing down on 50 homes in a very remote valley. The Asst Fire Chief for LA pulls up and decides that if the fire makes one more ridge, we are evacuating all the homes.

 

Although there are tons of choppers on this fire, there are 3 active fronts, so the skies are empty around me. Just then I hear the magic sound, 2 Aircranes a contract 54, and a couple of LA County Fire 412 helicopters are coming up the canyon. Winds are blowing 50 plus where I am at, the canyon they are flying up is only a few hundred yards wide, and the wind is blowing straight down thru it...

probably 60-65 knot gusts..

 

Needless to say, I am now home, the canyon residents are snug in their beds and the fire never made it to the next ridegeline.

 

Got some neat shots. The usual stuff, fire around you on all sides, looking up at the belly of a chopper!

 

I'll upload them and post a link tomorrow after some sleep.

 

Goldy

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Keep up great work Goldy.

 

 

Sleep? I just got off from work and it's 7am. :D I can't wait to see some of the pictures. I am actualy with all my free time gearing up with create a helicopter firefighting tribute video. Not unlike my EMS one. I'd love to add some of your pictures if you're interested. It's great work they do. Got to see them in action several times. Have fun, be safe.

 

JD

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I'd love to add some of your pictures if you're interested. It's great work they do. Got to see them in action several times. Have fun, be safe.

 

JD

 

JD, I will upload them onto my webshots site this morning, you can use any of them at will !

 

Goldy

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Ok, I uploaded some of the shots. Here is one of my favorites. This is a shot of an Ericson AirCrane on contract, based out of KVNY (home for me). This is the last drop of the day as twilight falls, last I knew the Aircrane doesnt have NVG's yet, so it leaves as the light does.

 

Some of the longer exposure shots blur, remember I was standing in gusty 50 knot plus winds !

 

Thanks again to all these crews

 

 

Check out the link for all the pictures.

 

Goldy

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click on this photo for a link to the album..

 

Here's where I was standing at the time...I understand today that the fire has overrun where I was standing yesterday !

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Nice pics Goldy! I didn't make it down this trip, but we did have engines down on the Tea Fire and Freeway Complex.

 

 

Hey Roger- I knew you would be back on here once the fires died down ! Good to hear from you..

 

Goldy

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Thanks

First to you Goldy for sharing the pics (483 is so Gorgeous (sadly since the flames are part of the beauty, but still...))

Second to the pilots who helped control the fire, for the work you did in Cali.

My uncle lives in Yorba Linda and, thanks to your work, was spared evacuation in his area.

I am truly in awe of what helicopter pilots do.

 

Cheers

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  • 5 months later...
BUMP

 

anyone here working on the Santa Barbara fires?

 

 

Just came back from the station, no help needed from LASD yet, so I sit at home !

 

Bad stuff happened up there tonight though. 2 engines were overrun with flames, one crew hunkered down in a garage and made it, the other crew did not. Last I heard 3 critical F/F injuries. Info comes so sparse early on, we'll have to wait and see what the real story is.

 

I know 20 plus homes are gone now. Gonna be tough to fight this one, it's 100 degrees on the ground, 50 knot winds, and we don't have any of our contract Aircranes or Super Scoopers down here yet to help.

 

Goldy

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