Wildland Fires: Early Fire Season For Southern California

On Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, at around 5:50 A.M., three young men had an illegal campfire going at the start of Colby Trail in the Angeles National Forest in California to ward off the cold. This is where the Colby Fire got its name. Gusty Santa Ana...


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In all, close to 1,500 firefighters manning more than 140 engines fought the blaze that burned through 2,000 acres of brush that had seen only six inches of rain in 20 months. The Super Scoopers, the S-2s from CAL FIRE and the P2Vs from the U.S. Forest Service were invaluable with their precise drops, as the firefighters and camp crews who hiked up hillsides dragging hoselines and carrying tools made a difference by cutting firebreaks, digging out snags and putting out spot fires next to houses as they contained this very unusual winter brushfire. Three people were injured, including two firefighters who sustained minor injuries What was a very dangerous and costly fire could have been a disaster. n