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2014 Colby Fire
Posted By: crewl1, 11-11-2014, 12:59 AM

In January we had an early start to our California fire season, with one of the driest and hottest winters on record.
The Colby Fire was a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest. It was ignited along the Colby Truck Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, United States. The fire started on January 16, 2014 and eventually burned 1,992 acres. On January 25, the Colby Fire had burned 1,962 acres, and was 98% contained.[8][11] The fire, which was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds, destroyed 5 homes, injured one person, and forced the evacuation of 3,600 people at its peak.[8][8][9]
Three men in their early 20s were arrested for recklessly starting a fire, and have allegedly admitted starting an illegal campfire that blew out of control.
It was thrilling for me to be able to get close enough to see how the firefighters on the ground and in the air worked to get the fire under control.

The air attack was a ballet orchestrated by an air boss from a small airplane circling the site and directing the aircraft to make drops on hot spots and also keep them from crashing into each other.

Sadly we lost a pilot this year while battling a fire in Yosemite, he was flying a tanker similar to the white one seen dropping the orange fire retardant.

Fingers crossed that next year will bring us some much needed rain.

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Thanks! I did not get to see the actual scoop process as it was happening at a larger reservoir a few miles away.
If I ever have the opportunity I would like to see it. The helicopters could fill up at a smaller pond not too far away so I was able to get some shots of that.
These planes really help us a lot, I recall the big announcements when a few were purchased a couple of years ago as we sorely needed them.
Yes, if you can capture this, it's pretty impressive !
I was wondering was is that orange stuff that the 1st plane is dropping ? that is a colourful image at the least !

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Wow. That is some good shooting!
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Yes, if you can capture this, it's pretty impressive !
I was wondering was is that orange stuff that the 1st plane is dropping ? that is a colourful image at the least !
It is dropping fire retardant chemical. Thanks for the comment.

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Wow. That is some good shooting!
Thank you!

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