Monday, August 29, 2011


Photo by Peter Dyke
Thanks to everyone who responded with information about all the planes over Deerhorn and Mother Grundy today.  I sent an Antler Alert, and hopefully put some folks at ease (I felt better, anyway!)  The planes were flying toward Barrett Lake, and one sharp resident mentioned they all had pontoons.
Battalion Chief John Kremensky said the planes were equipped with super scoops and filling up out of Barrett Lake for the Ridge Fire (near Buckman Springs and Hwy 8). Ridge Fire is under USFS jurisdiction, and the incident website is here:
"A lightning storm in the afternoon of August 28 ignited a fire in the Buckman Springs area of the Descanso Ranger District in the south end of the Cleveland National Forest. The fire is 25 miles east of San Diego.The Ridge Fire is 120 acres and 40% contained. The fire is burning in 40-year-old chaparral with a high dead component. No road closures or evacuations are in effect, no structures are threatened.One firefighter was treated for a minor heat-related injury."
The photos below  by Gregg Grimaldo:

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