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Firehawk751 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-Max682 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 Drop793 viewsL.A. County Firehawk makes a drop along Sunset Ridge.Sep 04, 2009
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DC-10796 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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Air Show731 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.
Sep 04, 2009
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Orion767 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.Sep 04, 2009
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Too Close To Home979 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.Sep 04, 2009
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Sunset Ridge796 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). Sep 04, 2009
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Red Sky In The Morning . . .779 viewsSaturday morning, 5:52 AM, the fire was still burning fiercly. These flames are coming up from the Arroyo Seco approaching Brown Mountain.Sep 04, 2009
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Paradise Lost693 viewsThe normal calm and tropical atmosphere of my backyard is upset by the Station Fire seen here overtaking Brown Mountain.Sep 04, 2009
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Closer To Home713 viewsSunday brought the fire even closer to home. Burning hotter and faster the fire can be seen erupting behind the ridge in Millard Canyon.Sep 04, 2009
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Cobra717 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.Sep 04, 2009
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