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Firefighters battle blaze with helicopters

August 19, 2009

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Kudos to California’s stellar aerial firefighters. Last weekend, they saved the tiny town of Bonny Doon, California.

The blaze, which began August 12, had burned nearly 11 square miles just south of Big Basin Redwoods State Park as of Tuesday evening. The fire forced the evacuation of some 2,400 residents of Boony Doon and nearby Swanton. Most have now returned to their homes. Firefighters expect to have the wildfire under control by Thursday.

I just happened to be cruising down Highway 1 on my way to a wedding in Santa Cruz when I spotted these firefighting helicopters loading up on water from a small creek right next to the road. In the background, you can see that the hills are smoking. The first helicopter has a large orange bucket that dips into the water. The other has a tube that fills an internal tank (although we’re still trying to figure out how it dumps the water — trap door, perhaps?).

When I arrived at the pre-wedding BBQ, I found out that the groom, a resident of Bonny Doon, was one of the evacuees. He and his fiancee had to spend one night sleeping on thermarests, but the wedding went off without a hitch. Congratulations, Jason and Molly! You’re married and you still have a place to hang your hats.

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  1. Jason permalink
    September 1, 2009 1:43 am

    Thanks Cassie! Thank goodness for those amazing firefighters… but with a wildfire on one side last summer and now the other side this summer, perhaps I should get the heck out of dodge before the average of the two takes place.

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