September 3, 2005
I’ve spotted 4-5 firefighting helicopters that are picking up water somewhere northeast and dropping it onto the fire and repeating this as the fire seems to be subsiding.
I took a few pictures with my digital camera but this fuzzy one is from my phone:
The helicopters are flying low, over my house, no doubt taking the quickest/safest route to pick up the water and to drop it off. You can see the trail of water pouring out the bottom-back of the helicopter as they race over to drop it off on top of the fire.
The last time I saw a large fire was a few weeks ago on my way from work (in west hollywood) to home (in burbank). It was a large fire in the hollywood hills. I remember driving home that afternoon up Buena Vista with visibility very low from all the smoke/residue (and it was a bit difficult to breathe). It was the worst near Burbank Blvd but cleared up as I continued North. I found it amazing how far all that soot could travel and wreak havoc.
UPDATE: I was woken up this morning by more helicopters. They’re hovering over the charred area, probably investigating/reviewing the area.