Friday, August 26, 2016

Groundcrews working wildfires in California

Two videos that I will share below remind me of the power and destruction of wildfires. The crew on the ground were aided by aircraft in both fires. But the footage is shot from the ground showing a little of what it was like for the ground crews working the fire.  The videos will speak for themselves. Thank-you ground pounders and pilots. Stay safe.

The Sand Fire (Los Angeles County CA, Angeles National Forest) was reported on July 22nd, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire has burned 41,432 acres and was reported to be on or about August 1, 19 single-family residences and 97 other structures were destroyed. Illegal drone activity shut down air operations (see this news report from Sand Fire's Inciweb Page for more information). Both ground troops and aircraft worked the wildfire. I hope that you go and spend just under nine minutes to watch this footage of the Sand Fire shot by RMG News (you must go to directly to Youtube to watch this footage). It is well worth it. At about 4 minutes 30 seconds into the video there is some nice footage of a helo and snorkle refilling her belly tank from a portable dip tank.

The Clayton Fire has burned 3,929 acres in Lake County California, 299 structures including 189 single-family homes were destroyed in this arson-caused wildfire. As I write this it is at 99 percent containment. This is a CAL FIRE incident and I accessed a CAL FIRE page for the Clayton Fire on August 26th. Allow 10 minutes to watch the footage below. You will see (and hear) some helicopters working the fire in support of the crews on the ground.

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