Wildfire near Palm Springs

This weekend, a wildfire broke out in the one of the canyons on the west side of Mount San Jacinto. During the day on Saturday, it spread over the ridge from Blaisdell Canyon into Chino Canyon. Chino Canyon is where the aerial tram is located, and is the canyon we can see from our back yard. It doesn't look like it is taking a hold in Chino Canyon right now, but the main part of the blaze is nowhere near controlled yet, so who knows. We were actually up the tram on Saturday morning, before the park was closed, and after we got back down, we drove along Highway 111 to see if we could see the fire. There were a number of helicopters dropping water on the fire, and they have been working all weekend. The pilots have my deepest respect. They are brave and skilled, and probably don't get paid enough. There are also said to be 800 firefighters working on the ground at the moment, in 110F + degree heat (43 C).

This is the closest we've been to any of the Southern California wild fires since we've lived here. Fortunately, we live inside city limits, and the town itself is not yet threatened. Now that it is dark, I can see flames with my binoculars from the back yard.

Steve took some photos of the firefighters at work on Saturday, which are here. There's a nice shot of a Sikorski Sky Crane, which we saw taking on water from a pond in a tight landing zone.

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