Saturday, July 5, 2008

Gap Fire Air Attack Photos- July 4th

No one can say that they are not doing enough to get the Gap Fire out. I watched from a ridge on E Camino Cielo for a bit yesterday and saw countless helicopter water drops and several dozen plane drops. The main goals that I could see were trying to prevent the fire from heading over West Camino Cielo into the SYV and preventing it from reaching Trout Club, Hidden Valley , and then eventually Old SM Rd. When I left they had prevented the fire from dropping into the Hidden Valley/TC Area, but it was right on the edge.

Overview of the fire from above Painted Cave

Fire Burning on the ridge above Trout Club
One of the many large planes working July 4th

Bombing the Ridge above Trout Club.

Bombing West Camino Cielo

Old San Marcos Rd on the Left, the fire is smoldering on the right

Dozing a line about 1 mile east of Painted Cave

Most easterly section of the Gap Fire
Ridge above Hidden Valley

Preventing the fire from reaching further east.

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