Thursday, July 29, 2010
As of 6:30 this evening the fire has a containment of 44%. It's still heading away from us but the smoke clouds are tremendous and are out over the desert now. Strike teams are here from all over the state and have set up camp at our local high school. It's actually a city within a city.
We can't thank these men and women enough for all they do for us.
The staging area for all the copters are at the glider airport. I spoke with one fireman and he said they never like it when these things happen, but the facilities that we have in Tehachapi are fantastic for this type of assault on mountain fires.
The copters start early to fill their tanks. The news said their capacity can be up to 500 gallons per load. This is one of the largest on the scene and he flies right over our house after filling.
We have an even larger fire way to our north which has burned over 16,000 acres and now another has broken out down in the Palmdale area.
California's fire season is basically year round now. I'll keep you updated. And thanks to all of our dear friends who have emailed and called to check on us.