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Summit Fire and the South County Airport

With the Summit Fire in the Santa Cruz mountains burning through half the week and threatening to shut down the Watsonville Air Show, I decided to make a detour on my way (May 24, 2008), since the morning fog on the SF Bay guaranteed that there would be fog on the coast.  Along Highway 101 in San Martin is an airport called South County Airport, which is also home to the Wings Of History Museum. When I arrived I found 15 helicopters on the field, and a briefing with the pilots and crew in progress.  I was given permission and a guide to photograph the helos, along with another photographer who drove us around.  One of the helicopters on the ramp was a Kaman Kmax, which was on contract for PG&E running wires, and departed while I was there as part of the Watsonville Air Show (watch this site for a picture of it in my Watsonville report).  On the previous day to my arrival, there was also a CH-54 Tahre (Skycrane) on the ramp that had since departed for Livermore Airport.  I took some quick pictures before departing for Watsonville, and then returned in the evening to catch some of the helicopters returning for the night.  On Sunday prior to the Watsonville Air Show, I stopped in at Hollister Airport to photograph the tankers on the ramp.  Overall this fire comsumed 4,200 acres and destroyed nearly three dozen homes. It was a tough fire to fight due to all the undergrowth and the terrain in these mountains. The picture below is only a small portion of the overall fire.

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All photographs (digital - Canon 20D & 30D) were taken by Roger Cain (SAH 2).

These photographs posted on 6-19-08

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