Grand Prix Fire

Monday, October 27, 2003 -- Part I

Things have gotten much better and last night we did not take our normal drive around the nearby fire areas to see how concerned we should be before going to bed. At bed time we could still see the fire burning near the top of Cucamonga Peak, but it was fairly small. It looks like a few water drops would put it out, but since it is in a wilderness area, the fire fighting policy may be to let it burn. Also, the airborne fire fighting resources are very scarce at the present since all of Southern California seems to be on fire. This morning they announced that the fires in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties now total more than 500 square miles -- half the area of Rhode Island. Now that the Old Waterman Fire and Grand Prix Fire have joined, the fire line is 50 miles long, extending from Crestline near Arrowhead and Big Bear in the San Bernardino mountains, west to La Verne in Los Angeles county. Fires are to the east and west of us, but about everything around here is burned out.

First, let's catch up on some items from the first couple of days.

Our son-in-law, Tim Woolf, took some great pictures of the fight to save the Haven View and Deer Creek Estates and was kind enough to share them. The photos were taken Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, 2003

Cucamonga Peak on fire
Photo by Tim Woolf

Here is a long view of Cucamonga Peak taken from Banyan and Morning Place showing the homes east of Chaffey College (Compass Rose homes) and the fire line coming down to the Deer Creek and Haven View Estates.

Close up of Cucamonga Peak fire
Photo by Tim Woolf

A closer view of the fire line as it approaches the Deer Creek/Haven View Estates.

Homes in Deer Creek
Photo by Tim Woolf

Homes on Wilson, the road north of Chaffey College that separates it from the Deer Creek Estates, just east of Haven. Here is what Deer Creek home owners saw looking NE as the fire moved in on them.

Helitanker over Deer Creek
Photo by Tim Woolf

An Erickson Air-Crane Helitanker flies into the flames on the north border of the Deer Creek/Haven View Estates just east of Haven.

Helitanker closeup
Photo by Tim Woolf

A close up of this amazing fire-fighting machine. The tanks hold 2,500 gallons of water, fire retardant, or foam mix, and releases it under computer control. The snorkel hanging down can refill the tanks in 45 seconds from a water source as shallow as 18 inches. (source: Erickson-Aircrane Firefighting). These were flying in our neighborhood for most of the day. One came over my head about the height of a two story home. A great photo opportunity, but I did not have my camera with me. My son-in-law did have his for this shot.

THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!


Email: Jerrold Foutz, foutz@smpstech.com
Website: Switching-Mode Power Supply Design, smpstechnology.com
Original: October 27, 2003, revised November 12, 2003