We seem to be in the flight path of fire fighting aircraft that leaves Paso Robles and heads south. So it's not unusual to hear them flying past during fire season. However, hearing a few yesterday, I thought I'd head outside to check. Of course I took my camera.
Hmmmm....I thought. Then came the sound. It was too close to be just cruising by. These guys are big and loud. And it was close. I had seen some smoke just to the west that looked closer than the Chimney Fire. Yep. A wildfire had started within a mile of our house. I watched as the helicopter made at least three drops.
And then they were gone. I went on Facebook to check fire incidents. Sure enough, it was reported about 3:25 and by about 4:00 it was out and had burned about 3/4 acre. Our fire crews are awesome. Even with everything going on around the state and crews being sent hither and yon, they still have resources available to jump on a wildfire to keep it from spreading and burning homes. In my neighborhood. Yikes. Times like that, I am happy to live in an area of more rolling hills rather than steep terrain, more grasses than forests with poor access.
This photo is taken from Facebook, captured by someone who calls himself SLOStringer. He is always there following the fires and reporting to us locals. Yes, he was standing right under the helicopter!
This morning the sunrise was a big red glow from particulates in the air. While pretty in color, we'd rather not see it.
I am hoping for a very nice, very pleasant, relatively cool weekend. I hope it's nice where you are. Autumn is coming, my friends. We just have to be patient a while longer.
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