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Smoldering Embers

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Engine crewmembers look out on the San Rafael Wilderness as the fire burns through the Hurricane Deck area. Note Bald Mountain in the background

Published on July 26, 2007

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Helicopters work nonstop to keep the fire from escaping the Manzana drainage, making it possible to hold this section of the ridge.

Published on July 25, 2007

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Heavy-Lift Helicopter 794 crashes on takeoff. Fortunately, both crew members escaped with minor injuries. A crewmember on a helicopter in the Elk Complex Fires near Happy Camp was not so fortunate; he died in that accident.

Published on July 26, 2007

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P2V Neptune, known as a "Heavy" because it can drop 2,000 gallons of retardant at a time, paints Zaca Ridge. Air attack dropped more than a half-million gallons of Phos-Chek during the fire.

Published on July 26, 2007

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A Cody family member discusses with a fire crew how best to save Manzana Schoolhouse, Dabney Cabin, and the Cody homestead from approaching flames. The fire retardant spread by Heavy-Lift 794 saved them all. Ironically, it crashed the next day.

Published on July 26, 2007

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Spot fires like this are created when embers are blown as much as a half mile ahead of the fire, causing it to expand dramatically.

Published on July 26, 2007

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Crew members from a Cal Fire unit in Riverside await orders to head down a dozer line to burn out a section before the fire can reach Zaca Ridge

Published on July 26, 2007

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Towering clouds of smoke rise thousands of feet into the air as the fire crosses over Zaca Ridge and heads down toward Manzana Creek.

Published on July 25, 2007

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