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The "Pine Fire" - San Diego, California

At the time these pictures were taken on Weds. the "Pine Fire" had burned more than 1000 acres and more than 2000 by the end of Thursday. After the 2004 fire that took 12 lives and a huge loss of homes and land, San Diegans cringe to see plumes like these in the eastern skies. Never been so close to a fire this size, I was caught up in watching the firefighting process going on in the sky above. Observing, the smaller planes would fly the fire to determine air and perhaps ground strategies, and select drop lines for the tankers dropping fire retardent. They would then precede the tankers, establishing a path, and the tankier would follow them in and make the drop. Got a few good pics that show a little of this, and even sold one to the local paper for their website... a first for me!

ADDED NOTE: NOV 2007... this fire was only a small precursor to the devestating fires of late October.
Fire in the Distance - the Lure Was Too Great!
Fire in the Distance - the Lure Was Too Great!
Beautiful Valleys at Risk
Beautiful Valleys at Risk
Plumes Climbed High and Were Seen for Miles
Plumes Climbed High and Were Seen for Miles
There is a Dramatic Beauty to It
There is a Dramatic Beauty to It
Plumes of this Fire Could Be Seen for Miles
Plumes of this Fire Could Be Seen for Miles
Plumes Continue to Spire Upward
Plumes Continue to Spire Upward
Emergency Folks Block the Road as the Fire Progresses
Emergency Folks Block the Road as the Fire Progresses
Scout Planes Monitor the Fire and Establish Drop Zones
Scout Planes Monitor the Fire and Establish Drop Zones
Tanker Headed South to the Main Fire
Tanker Headed South to the Main Fire
North End of the Fire, Near Highway 8
North End of the Fire, Near Highway 8
Windy and the Fire is Burning Fast
Windy and the Fire is Burning Fast
Lots of Fuel for the Fire After a Dry Summer.
Lots of Fuel for the Fire After a Dry Summer.
Tankers Dropping Fire Retardant
Tankers Dropping Fire Retardant
Burning on the Ridge Close to the Road
Burning on the Ridge Close to the Road
Establishing the Drop Zone for the Tanker
Establishing the Drop Zone for the Tanker
Tanker Starts It's Drop
Tanker Starts It's Drop
Dropping Fire Retardant
Dropping Fire Retardant
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And Out
And Out
Headed Back for Another Load?
Headed Back for Another Load?
An Erie Beauty
An Erie Beauty