Friday, January 17, 2014

Colby Fire - Southern California

When I got up this morning I saw a short clip on one of national news about the Colby Fire that is still burning in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. The fire started early Thursday morning, has burned over 1,700 acres and is at 30 percent containment. Evacuations are still in place, but some residents have been allowed to return to their homes. I understand that tankers and helos are working the fire including CAL Fire S-2T's, Minden's T-48, and some CL-415 tankers from Quebec (thanks Canada!) on extended contract. Five homes have been destroyed and other structures, including some residences have been damaged. Three injuries have been reported.

CBS in LA has been covering this fire, and here is a link to one of their video reports, and for a written story (including the same video), links to a radio report and a photo gallery, go here. The LA Times has a story here about three men being held in connection with the fire. Bill Gabbert of Wildfire Today has done is usual excellent job covering the Colby fire here, and he just posted a photo gallery earlier today.

And I don't want to forget the wildland fire hotlist thread dedicated to the Colby Fire.

For more coverage of the Colby Fire, you may want to check out these articles:

smoke advisories issued
inmate firefighters working the colby fire

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