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Old Sep 02, 2002, 12:10 AM
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Thermal for the lift-challenged...

I watched this fire come up today.. from about 75 miles away.. had burned 4000 acres in the Angeles Forest near Azusa by sundown when I snapped this one..
Almost a self-extingquisher.. the cumulus generated by the heat of the smoke is spectacular..
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Old Sep 02, 2002, 08:30 PM
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yup saw the same thing . thought it was weird how the cloud was coming out of the maintain.
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Old Sep 03, 2002, 06:14 PM
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Here's another one.. today.. from the local Air Attack Tanker base... 3 S2F-Ts and a DC-4 working this one..
miniMEGAPenCam photo.... scaled 50%
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Old Sep 05, 2002, 02:42 AM
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Couple shots of the Air Attack guys flying from the tanker base at Fox Field...
Fuji 2800 digital camera at 1600x1200 mode, zoomed all the way..
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Old Sep 05, 2002, 02:49 AM
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And a bit of aviation evolution...
Same CDF tail number, different N number, and kerosene stoves instead of nice round motors like LeRoy intended!
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Old Sep 05, 2002, 06:09 AM
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And whats happening 75 clicks North

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...d_nm/rescue_dc

Woman Rescued Hollywood-Style from Wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman about to shoot herself to death to escape being burned alive by a wildfire racing toward her mountaintop home was saved seconds before pulling the trigger in a daring rescue worthy of a Hollywood film, authorities said on Tuesday.



The wildfire that erupted at about noon on Sunday drove about 7,000 campers from Angeles National Forest, a 650,000-acre park in the San Gabriel Mountains popular with Los Angeles residents. The mountains make up the north rim of the Los Angeles Basin, which encircles the city of Los Angeles.

In some cases, campers had just seconds to pick up their gear and drive down the winding Angeles Crest Highway to safety after authorities discovered the fire about 30 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The wind-whipped fire reached Crystal Lake, a popular fishing and camping spot at the top of a mountain ridge about four hours later.

Sigrid Hopson, 60, was alone at her Crystal Lake home with her three dogs when she noticed the fire surrounding her house and called emergency services, said sheriff's Lt. Tim Cornell..................... Good Story here
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