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Fire fighting helicopters began dropping water from Frazier Mountain Park pond within about 30 minutes. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]
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John Gomez of Frazier Park sent this photo of the fire through The Mountain Enterprise Breaking News webpage.
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Look carefully at the top and lower left section of the sky to see hotshots flying in to address the wildfire that flared up on a Frazier Mountain ridge about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. [Photo by Gunnar Kuepper of Frazier Park]
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Jim and Fay Lumsden sent this photo of the fire from their perch high atop Tejon Ranch.
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Sierra Kerr sent this shot of Los Padres National Forest helicopter 530 loading its water tanks from Frazier Mountain Park pond at about 4 p.m. Sunday.
FRAZIER PARK, CA (Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.)–Los Padres National Forest Public Information Officer Andrew Madsen reports that fire crews estimate the Frazier One fire to be 15 acres, burning in very remote terrain that makes access extremely difficult. Mt. Pinos District Fire Management Officer John Abell is putting containment at 20 percent. Smokejumpers are engaged with the fire and are working to restrict the rate of spread.
FRAZIER PARK, CA (Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.)–According to Los Padres National Forest Public Information Offier Andrew Madsen, four smoke jumpers are on the ground at the scene of the fire. Crews are working to set up a "heli-spot" where a helicopter can land to drop off more crewmembers and resources. The fire has not grown much in size; Madsen estimates it could now be between five and 10 acres. Los Padres Fire helicopters 530 and 528 are making drops with water from Frazier Mountain Park pond. Madsen explained that Los Padres Fire had very few resources available on Saturday as they were dealing with numerous fire starts from lightning strikes. They made the decision to wait until Sunday before approaching this fire. Radio traffic indicated that they may bring in two air tankers to battle the blaze on Monday.
FRAZIER PARK, CA (Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.)–A wildfire (which started Saturday) flared up just after 2:30 p.m. and is burning on the top of Frazier Mountain at its eastern section, between Lebec and Frazier Park and is moving in a westerly direction. Fire officials have requested that Kern County Sheriff’s deputies clear the area around the pond at Frazier Mountain Park so firefighting helicopters can pick up water. The fire was estimated at approximately 5 acres at 2:40 p.m. as it climbed toward a ridgeline with flames visible from Frazier Mountain Park Road. Air attack planes are spotting roads and trails for crews to gain access to the fire. Early comments from fire officials suggested the fire may burn itself out as it reaches a plateau among the pine trees.
This is part of the September 09, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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