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Waimea Canyon121 viewsWaimea Canyon, also known as the Grand canyon of the Pacific, is approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River which is fed from the extreme rainfall on the island's central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Mount Waiʻaleʻale is among the wettest places on earth.

Apr 14, 2010
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Station Fire 2564 viewsEarly morning hours of Saturday the 29th. Temperature was 77 Degrees at 1:36am. Humidity was 15% with 3MPH Winds from the NE. Smoke was blowing back down on us. The Station Fire went on to burn uncontrolled for weeks and consumed more than 250 Square Miles. Jan 06, 2010
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Station Fire 3905 viewsSaturday August 29, the Temperature was 78 Degrees at 9:36PM. Humidity was only 12% and Winds were calm. The Star Of Palawoo can be seen on the right giving nervous residents a glimmer of hope.Jan 06, 2010
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Rainbow715 viewsAltadena Weathercam captured a Rainbow this afternoon as a cold winter storm blew through the area. Only 0.91 inches of rain but temperatures are supposed to go real low tonight and snow level could drop to 1500 feet.Dec 08, 2009
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Station Fire 1737 viewsImage captured on 8/28/09 4:36pm. The Station Fire which started along Angeles Crest Highway on 8/26 had now wroked it's way East. In this image the fire is racing up the back side of Brown Mountain. Temperature was 97 Degrees and Humidity was 10% with winds 2MPH out of the SSW.

Sep 14, 2009
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Pyrocumulus224 viewsWhile I'm not sure this word exists in a Dictionary, it is used commonly used when talking about fires or volcanic eruptions. It is caused by the hot air and smoke combining with the moisture which induces a convection which carries the smoke and ash up to altitudes of 20,000 feet or more.Sep 11, 2009
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Thank You228 viewsSigns of appreciation, like this one at the top of Lake Avenue, were popping up all over the place. Whether it was here at the entrance to the Sam Merrill Trail, or on someone's wall or fence, homemade signs thanking the Firefighters and First Responders were visible everywhere.Sep 11, 2009
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Skycrane236 viewsThe Sikorsky "Skycrane" was originally designed for the military. It has interchangeable pods for a variety of uses. We were particularly interested in the water tank pod today. It can hold 2,650 Gallons of water and you see it here, dumping all 2,650 Gallons on the fire as it moves up Sunset Ridge.Sep 04, 2009
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Firehawk262 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.Sep 04, 2009
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K-Max238 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.

Sep 04, 2009
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Firehawk Drop258 viewsL.A. County Firehawk makes a drop along Sunset Ridge.Sep 04, 2009
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DC-10255 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!
Sep 04, 2009
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