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Zaca Fire Friday July 7

What had been a 1200 acres fire exploded today and threatens to pass 10,000 acres in size within a day. Photos from the east end of the fire.

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12:06 PM. The fire is just beginning to flare up.

Published on July 6, 2007

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1:01PM. The smoke increases as the wind picks up.

Published on July 6, 2007

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1:24PM. The large column of smoke signals the fire is heating up.

Published on July 6, 2007

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1:26PM. Within two minutes the tower thickens and turns into a major upward funnel of heat, ash, cinder and burning embers.

Published on July 6, 2007

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2:15PM. From near Ranger Peak the thick clouds appear ominously over Figueroa Mountain.

Published on July 6, 2007

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2:30PM. Within minutes the entire skyline is filled.

Published on July 6, 2007

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2:52PM. The fire begins to advance down the north slope of the Zaca Ridge towards the wilderness.

Published on July 6, 2007

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2:59PM. Tankers appear dwarfed by the firestorm but valiantly drop load after load of the fire retardant.

Published on July 6, 2007

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3:15PM. Despite the efforts to suppress the wildfire, after each load of flame retardant is dropped, the clouds seem to billow even higher.

Published on July 6, 2007

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3:50PM. Northern skies are completely filled with smoke.

Published on July 6, 2007

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5:25PM. Helicopters end a long day of battling the fire as evening approaches.

Published on July 6, 2007

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