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California's Continuing Fires

Although over 1,400 fires have been contained in California this season, there still remain 330 active fires, with warmer, drier weather in the forecast. As of yesterday (7/6) there were nearly 20,000 people involved in the firefighting effort statewide, and a large swath of California had been designated a federal disaster area by President Bush. (17 photos total)

A firefighting airtanker drops Phos-Check fire retardant over the Gap fire as more than 1,000 wildfires continue burning across about 680 square miles of central and northern California, on July 3, 2008 near Goleta, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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914 comments so far...
1.

The picture with the airplane flying (what looks to be) just feet from a home, is absolutely incredible.

My prayers go out to those who's homes are in danger...

Posted by KK July 7, 08 11:25 AM
2.

whoa. great collection of photos.

Posted by Jeff G. July 7, 08 11:40 AM
3.

In the sixth photo, the synthesis of a tired man who puts his life in danger in order to save that of the others.

www.davidlatache.com

Posted by David La Tache July 7, 08 11:47 AM
4.

I'm standing in the evacuation area of the Gap Fire (santa barbara, ca) right now. It seems to be dying down a little bit, but the smoke is still pretty heavy.

I snapped off a few pictures while I had the chance to not be packing. http://picasaweb.google.com/keithamajig/GapFire

Posted by Keith Chancey July 7, 08 11:51 AM
5.

Absolutely amazing! THANKS! Our prayers are with the Firefighters who are working so hard and giving so much. Also our prayers are with the families of the homes threatened.

RevTim www.RevTimThinks.com

Posted by RevTim Hohm July 7, 08 12:00 PM
6.

Great collection of images, I have visited Big Sur twice in recent years and loved the area. I hate to think of the damage being caused by the wildfires. I love the contract of the fireman taking a drink while enjoying what should be a grand view but instead is marred by the smoke of a fire (image 8).

The other image that gets my attention is the one of the fireplane and the house. Looks like the folks on the deck could reach out and touch the wingtips.

Posted by Jason Perdue July 7, 08 12:16 PM
7.

Wow, AMAZing and utterly startling.

Posted by The Baltimore Babe July 7, 08 12:18 PM
8.

Wow! Such powerful images. Bless you all.

Posted by Shelley of England July 7, 08 12:26 PM
9.

Great photo series Alan, thanks for hilighting whats going on in CA. Each morning I get up and check the wildfire maps, but the photos are amazing.

Posted by kellan July 7, 08 12:41 PM
10.

Oh! great pictures!

Alex
http://www.recentnews.co.uk

Posted by Alex July 7, 08 02:12 PM
11.

Wow, these are amazing. David McNew has a fantastic eye judging from his shots. I love the first one, and the shot of the helicopter in the smoke, the sense of scale in that shot just emphasises the enormity of the task these fire fighters are facing.

Good luck to everyone involved.

Posted by miles July 7, 08 02:13 PM
12.

...just unbelievable.I pray for those people and fire fighters

Posted by emanuel Austria July 7, 08 02:50 PM
13.

Calfornia can stop being on fire now...

Posted by Cris July 7, 08 03:04 PM
14.

These photos are astounding. They show what the firemen are actually doing. What courage they have and daring to fight these out of control fires.

Posted by CLAY SIVERTSEN July 7, 08 03:21 PM
15.

Wow. What a situation out there. Great photos

Posted by Jay July 7, 08 04:09 PM
16.

Great blog, great pictures, crappy comments from people just pushing their own blog(s).

http://lame.ness

Posted by Roger July 7, 08 05:07 PM
17.

What? Where are the bozos who hijack every TBP photo collection to babble/argue about God, politics, Bush, Iraq, France, race, and/or staged moon landings, etc.?? Nice to see a set of photos that simply inspires sympathy and compassion for the situation these people are in.


To the families, keep the faith and stay positive. But don't be a hero with a garden hose - know when to go.

To the firefighters, give it hell !!

Posted by Zippy July 7, 08 05:07 PM
18.

Thanks Zippy My thoughts exactly!! : )

Posted by Denise July 7, 08 06:43 PM
19.

Incredible photography!

Let's make it a point to not only thank a soldier (they certainly deserve it), but next time, or ANY time you cross paths with a fireman, shake his or her hand and say "thank you". These people risk their lives, and they do one helluva job. We hear much about what has burned, but little about what they've saved.

Thanks guys and gals. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Ted Pendlebury July 7, 08 07:35 PM
20.

Is there any chance we are not providing real forest management before these fires start? Why can't we thin and clear and make healty forests before they burn?
I applaude all the brave and hard working fire fighters; thank you all and may God bless and keep you all safe in your hours of work.

Posted by Wes July 7, 08 08:15 PM
21.

I want to go help. How do I?

Posted by Conor July 7, 08 08:39 PM
22.

wow what amazing set of image that are posted here. I applaud all the brave men and women that putting their lives in danger to fight these fires, and also the fine work that the photographers are doing to gives us these images
God bless,take care and be safe

Posted by John July 7, 08 09:31 PM
23.

Incredible photos and efforts of all the fire personnel. May God bless and comfort those who have lost everything and keep everyone safe.

Posted by Kathleen July 7, 08 11:15 PM
24.

Wes,
these fires are mostly the result of lighting storms. Not that much can be done in preparation for those forests in the dry areas of CA.

Posted by Keith Chancey July 8, 08 12:24 AM
25.

ya these are some amazing pictures, i live in the napa valley, and remember i think last week everything here was smokey. i also remember seeing the start of a fire while driving to napa, it was a really scary sight, seeing as it was really close to were we where. But hope goes out to everyone that are either helping fight the fires, or who are having to leave because of the fires. And keep doing your best!!

Posted by jory July 8, 08 12:25 AM
26.

God Bless you all esp. the firefighters. Stay safe. I do wonder about the comment from No.20 Wes, the years of mismanagement on not getting trees out and perhaps we get carried away "saving the forest", keep hearing that comment. Anyway, continued Blessings on all! Incredible pics.

Posted by Mike July 8, 08 01:11 AM
27.

bravery to the fullest degree...there are no words...just lots of prayers and gratitude forever.

Posted by Adelle Williams July 8, 08 01:12 AM
28.

amazing photos. My heart goes out to everyone over there and what of the poor birds and animals. Thank god for the firefighters.


Posted by Anne Staska from Adelaide South Australia July 8, 08 01:25 AM
29.

Awesome photos of a sad emergency - hope the fires go out soon.

Posted by JM July 8, 08 03:10 AM
30.

What courage,Every man/woman involved are true hero;s

Posted by Bruce Peden July 8, 08 03:39 AM
31.

I live right in the middle of California and it has been crazy with these fires. My town has already had a few small fires but it's mostly the neighboring towns being struck by lightening that has been turning in to the big fires.

Last week, I would walk outside daily and could not make out the sun due to all the smoke.

It's been unusual not seeing the sun during summertime in California.

Posted by Tabitha July 8, 08 04:02 AM
32.

Grâce à ceux qui luttent contre les feux de forêt.

Mathieu

Posted by Mathieu July 8, 08 08:05 AM
33.

What an amazing pictures.

Pascal

Brussels firefighterphotgrapher

www.pvigneron.com

Posted by Pascal Vigneron July 8, 08 08:17 AM
34.

Thank you for putting up these pictures. They are terrific. California outdoors always has a spot in my heart. Wouldn't it be nice if things were more even across the country. One place is burning and another is drowning.

Posted by Blueturtle July 8, 08 09:55 AM
35.

My prayers go out to all our brave firefighters. Amazing photos!

Posted by Shaune Montross July 8, 08 10:05 AM
36.

I live in Singapore. I was sent these images by my sister who lives on CA. I am just amazed at the power of these pictures. Can I say they are beautiful? Awesome!
Paul Kohl
PS I teach photography...

Posted by Paul Kohl July 8, 08 10:06 AM
37.

Thanks for posing these photos. I live on West Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara and have been away from the house since the 30th of June. After finding out about the fire, I have been unable to return to our house do to Mandatory Evacuation orders. These pictures make me relise why they don't want us back up there.
All thoughts and prayers that go out to those fighting the fires in California are greatfully appreciated.

Mahalo,
http://myspace.com/jlpinsb http://picasaweb.google.com/jeffparkerinsb

Posted by Jeff Parker July 8, 08 10:30 AM
38.

Alan,

Once again a superb selection of outstanding images made all the more spectacular by being able to see the details in the large images.

Posted by Al Covey July 8, 08 10:33 AM
39.

My heart goes out to all those California folks affected by that fire. Also all the little animals. May God take pity on them all and grant them peace.

Posted by Barbara July 8, 08 11:13 AM
40.

Just a couple of minor corrections to two captions...

In the first photo of a helicopter, it's a Navy or Marine Corps (most likely Marine Corps) H-46 helicopter, which looks similar to the Army (and National Guard) H-47. Easy to mistake the two.

In the photo with two helicopters dipping water from the ocean, those are H-53 Sea Stallions, most likely also Marine Corps (possibly Navy).

Best wishes to the residents of NoCal -- hang in there!

Posted by Dave Barak July 8, 08 11:18 AM
41.

I am awe-struck,by these people that fight the demon fires! These fire-fighters are angels,putting their lives on the line to save the desperate.Prayers for everyone in California.

Posted by Susan July 8. 10:51am

Posted by Susan Marsh July 8, 08 11:51 AM
42.

I pray for the safety of the brave firefighters and residents involved in these fires. Thank you for the amazing photos, they really show us the tragedy andwhat it is like there.

Posted by Ken McKenzie July 8, 08 12:19 PM
43.

Wow ! It's amazing !

Al-Kanz
http://al-kanz.org

Posted by Al-Kanz July 8, 08 03:54 PM
44.

Got to hand it to the person who took these shots, for it says it all. What happened to fuel reductions, do we blame the environmentalists? do we cast blame on the home owners for not taking procutions around their home land, yet when they loose their home they are the first to point a finger, yet these men and women who love their job, as I am married to a retiree who has put his life as well as his crew on the line in order to save land, homes, and people. You want to do a survey of the earnings that these fire fighters make, do it, as it is not deserving of the time and effort they put forth in fighting wildland fires. God bless them all we will keep you in our prayers, and hope you return home safe to your families. There have been some who will not be doing so as they have passed on due to fire related injuries but their spirit lingers on and our prayers go out to their families

Posted by Gayle July 8, 08 04:01 PM
45.

Just want to give a very big Thank You to all the Firefighters for unselfish dedication in saving so many Family homes. God Bless all the Firefighters & the many Families who had to be evacuated. Hugs to all of them. Also the photos are amazing.

Posted by Janet Mallory July 8, 08 04:32 PM
46.

tHANKS FOR THE PICTURES BRINGS BACK MANY MEMORIES

Posted by HOWARD K. MACY SR. July 8, 08 04:34 PM
47.

These are such beautiful pictures of a horiffic event. God bless the people in these areas. God be with them and the firefighters also.

Posted by Fran Stritzel July 8, 08 04:39 PM
48.

I live in Southern Oregon, and the smoke coming over the Siskiyou Mountains has settled densely in the Rogue Valley. No more will I complain about my stinging eyes or the ache in my lungs! These photos are vivid testimony to the destructive force of nature, man's determination to protect and preserve, and imparts a sense of loss in all of us.

THANK YOU to all you firefighters who exhaust yourselves, over difficult terrain and in intense heat, to fight these raging fires....you battle not only for our lives and homes, but for our precious land and wildlife as well. May God be with you.

Posted by Jana July 8, 08 04:41 PM
49.

I admire firefighters more than any other profession. What WOULD we do without them?

Posted by Ooma July 8, 08 05:21 PM
50.

I pray for everyone involved, including firefighters and the people who live there, that the fires will be contained soon and everyone can return to their homes. It takes a special person to be able to do what those firefighters are doing.

Posted by Lee Anne July 8, 08 05:42 PM
51.

I don't know the answer to questions involving fuel reductions. I do know that for eons our wildlands naturally burned off accumulating fuel. Today we have people living in in these areas. I wish I knew the answer. To see our beautiful wildlands ablaze, and have to see and breathe the horrid air is disgusting. My heart goes out to those who've lost homes and continue to be threatned. And to all the firefighters who come from all over the country to lay their lives on the line - Thanks, and God Bless!!

Posted by Bruce July 8, 08 06:14 PM
52.

I was a volunteer Fireman for my city for 23 years and a Police Officer for 33 years. I have seen big fires before but, I have never seen a fire scenes with this intensity. God Bless my brother firefighters. True heros these people are. They say the bravest run towards a fire ---normal people run from a fire.

Posted by Dominick A. DOnofrio July 8, 08 06:43 PM
53.

Wow, just plain wow, what else can you say. Best of the best to those firefighters.
Wow

Posted by J. Schafer July 8, 08 06:47 PM
54.

God Bless all those fighting these horrific fires. My prayers are with all the home owners also. I hope all of these fires will all be contained soon.

Posted by cherryl rogers July 8, 08 06:49 PM
55.

The C-10 Jet conversions are definitely a great idea. I pray for everyone who is involved in this fight for preservation of our forests and in the way of life as well. My heart goes out to those firefighters for their couragous and selfless acts of kindness. My brother is a Firefighter paramedic in Florida, I have great respect for you all! God Bless!

Posted by James in Ridgecrest, CA July 8, 08 06:49 PM
56.

Pray for our Fire Fighters! They are tired and working 24 hour shifts in horrible conditions. My cousin is a Fire Fighter. I pray he comes home safe to his wife and kids. Resources are thin and these brave souls are burnt out!!. Yet..they keep working & working to protect us all. We no longer have a Fire Season. It's a danger all year round in California.

Posted by Jan July 8, 08 07:41 PM
57.

I just moved from Santa Barbara 1 yr. ago and still recall the Painted Cave fire some 15 plus yrs. ago.................I know some of you say these are "awesome" pictures but as an ER/OR nurse for 30 yrs.................do not forget the firemen who are literally putting their lives on the line w/worried families at home..............and do not forget the loss of homes,animals...................yrs. of people getting their lives back together w/such a devastation...................yes the photos are amazing........and they are showing wht is REALLY happening in the lives of many..................be thankful you are not evacuating your family tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kathy/now in colorado Springs,CO.

Posted by Anonymous July 8, 08 07:50 PM
58.

What can one say in the sight of such bravery. My parents were evacuated from the Martin fire in santa cruz county and I know that it is people like those pictured here to whom we owe... a great deal. thank you are two insufficient little words.

Posted by Larissa in Santa Cruz July 8, 08 08:15 PM
59.

Someone help us "inland people" better understand the situation. Seems that every year and then the next year and the next one after that we hear about "fires in California" ---- to the point that I almost think that 175% of ALL of California has been burned the past five years. I am sure that is not true... but for those of use who really don't know California, how is it that California year-in and year-out can have fires? I noticed a photo somewhere that showed a house with a sprinkler system on the top of it and water being pumped onto the roof--- is that a common practice? ..... folks in Missouri and Iowa sure would like to send yawl some water.. a week ago small Amish community in north Missouri got 8.75 inches of rain over night.

Posted by Germando July 8, 08 08:41 PM
60.

The pictures are incredible, and I am in awe of those heroic firefighters who risk their lives daily to save people, animals, homes, and nature. You have my profound respect and admiration!

Posted by Cheryl Shushan July 8, 08 08:51 PM
61.

May Gpd B;ess all the firefiighters - ground crews, pilots, bulldozer operators, - EVERONE. I pray every day for their safety and success in containing the fires. GOD SAVE THEM, and give them courage. "Thank you" from all Californians.

Posted by Nancy July 8, 08 09:09 PM
62.

Great photos - and, considering the location, it's essential to fight the fires. However, while compiling material for True North: Exploring the Great Wilderness by Bush Plane, I flew for years over and around forest fires in the Canadian provinces that the governement now wisely ignores unless communities are threatened, later writing, " Norway House hangs on. Its schools, hospital and homes somehow survived a plague of forest fires that hopscotched through town in 1989. In that year alone, eleven hundred fires incinerated more than nineteen hundred square miles of forest, a comeuppance, perhaps, for years of extinguishing every little blaze, which stockpiled wood for ’89, the year of the megaburn.

Posted by george erickson July 8, 08 09:24 PM
63.

May God Almighty stand with these men and women - the pictures are totally amazing, but the reality is horrifying...I sure wouldn't want my husband going thru a hell like this. There are no words to thank these men enough for what they do - God Bless them all "real good"!

Posted by susy piccillo July 8, 08 09:29 PM
64.

I watch these spectacular photos with tears in my eyes as I know all these areas and my very favorite place in the world is Big Sur. God bless all our firefighters and the people who's homes are in danger. Also bless the pilots of the aircraft fighting the fire---they also have a very dangerous job. God bless and keep you all safe. P.S. #31 Tabitha---wasn't it sad that your biggest problem was you couldn't see the sun!

Posted by Alice Bullhead City,Az. July 8 6:38 p.m. July 8, 08 09:39 PM
65.

I send a Prayer Message to about 45 people every day, and the California fires, along with the safety of the firefighters are always on my list. We pray daily for the brave heroes who put their lives on the line every day. GOD BLESS!

Posted by PTF @ NFPA - Boston Area July 8, 08 09:41 PM
66.

Both my son,s are fire fighters my thoughts and prayers go out to all mums and dad,s. Good luck Guy,s & Gal,s you are doing a great job. Love and best wishes from Adelaide South Australia.

Posted by Bob & Jan Frazer July 8, 08 10:23 PM
67.

The photos are devastatingly beautiful.....we are so blessed not to have this in our backyard. will be praying for all those involved.

Posted by txhothair@yahoo.com July 9, 08 01:02 AM
68.

WOW!!! These photos are truly amazing! My son is a firefighter and was at the Basin Complex Fire in Big Sur for the last 2 weeks. He returned home safely today. These photos hit me hard as I have prayed everyday for his safe return and continue to pray for all of the other firefighters and those affected by the fires. Thank God we have these firefighters, along with our soldiers, who are willing to risk their lives in order to save others. God Bless!

Posted by Roseanne Luis July 9, 08 02:24 AM
69.

These guys are amazing....they put thier lives on the line to save lives and homes.
Its simply amazing to see the photo's and what great pictures of the p-3 orion
flying by the home on top of the mountain. God bless and protect those firefighters.

Posted by frederick bremer July 9, 08 02:47 AM
70.

As a (retired) firefighter from the East Coast I have the up-most respect for my brothers and sisters out west. We have natural cover fires here and a wildland/urban interface problem but it is no where what these people have. A tip of the old tin helmet to you guys!

Posted by Mike from Maryland July 9, 08 06:44 AM
71.

outstanding photo's....and some really hard work...my heart goes out to my sisters and brothers on the line...

WE ARE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS!!!!

MJP
UNITED STATES WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

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Posted by MJ P July 9, 08 07:26 AM
72.

Thank you all you wonderful people who are helping fight these fires! May God bless you and all the people who have lost their homes. Lots of prayers are being said for all of you!!!!

Posted by Janet L. Shelton July 9, 08 07:33 AM
73.

"What courage,Every man/woman involved are true hero;s"

I wish people would just STOP overusing the word hero. Applying it to every tom, dick and harry just totally besmirches the actions of true heroes...you know the kind who deliver extraordinary feats of courage and wish to not be fawned over. These firefighters are brave, no doubt, but they hardly run the risk of a building collapsing on them. Every single human on earth faces some danger everyday whether it be the risk of getting run over, electrocuted, drowned, dropped down a gully, infected by a deadly disease, whatever. Are you going to call the whole population of the planet heroes?? Come on!
Heroes are exceptional people who display UNCOMMON valour. Manning a hose or driving a truck does not constitute this behaviour.

Posted by jackie July 9, 08 08:05 AM
74.

The men and women fighting this fire are very special and will be rewarded for their efforts. It is hard for me to fathom such a disaster. Especially when I am injoying rain.

Posted by Avlee Dodson July 9, 08 08:36 AM
75.

My prayers goes out to all the incredible firefighters who are fighting this battle....
also to the people of California whose lives have been altered, you have my silent prayers as I watch the news each day.

My prayers that God will bring you abundant rain to save what natural beauty remains.

Posted by Sherry July 9, 08 08:55 AM
76.

may god be with those firefighters and homeowners in the line of danger.

Posted by Joyce Palmer, VDG N.J. Lions, 16B July 9, 08 08:59 AM
77.

I was a volunteer fireman for 20 years and I know how bad
some fires can be. But I never experienced any like this.
God bless those who risking their lives to try to save lives and the
homes of those people.

Posted by Edward Grover July 9, 08 10:04 AM
78.

MAY GOD BLESS ALL & ANSWER OUR PRAYERS FOR RAIN.. GREAT
PICTURES.

Posted by KENNY D. July 9, 08 10:20 AM
79.

I send my greetings to brave fire fighters
god bless
**==

Posted by Babak Rasti July 9, 08 10:42 AM
80.

great pictures! better than a radio news feature. God bless all those fire fighters and poloicemen.

Posted by robert a. percival July 9, 08 10:43 AM
81.

To the men and women that are on the front lines and in the back ground trying ,your up most to handle these endless task my hemelt is of to you all.Stay strong and get some rest for this looks like a record setting fire season out west. The pictures are strong and emotional to me. The battle lines are all over the place and the enemy is the strong winds,dry fuels and the topography. I am a firefighter in a different part of the county and we to have wildland fires but not like out west. I do have a questiion for command leadership way can`t we use the Regular ARM Forces to assit our forces in this job. Keep safe and keep kicking ass.

Posted by John Hobbs July 9, 08 11:30 AM
82.

Wow!

Posted by Tor Hershman July 9, 08 11:36 AM
83.

I remember well working as a volunteer firefighter while living in Sonoma County. Those suits are unbelievably hot. I only did a very short time brush clearing and trench digging and was exhausted. I can't imagine how these people work 24 hours and longer. Thanks to them all.

Posted by Jacquie July 9, 08 12:09 PM
84.

Hope they don't scoop a deep sea diver out of the Ocean while dipping their buckets for water.. OMG

Posted by Carol July 9, 08 12:20 PM
85.

Magnificent photos, but always sad to see such damage occur in our forests,
and spreading to homes. These are brave men and women and I thank these
people giving of their services so society can continue safely.

Posted by C Jaffe July 9, 08 12:24 PM
86.

can u comment on the fire in shasta/ trinity county ? looking for hayfork ca

Posted by mike July 9, 08 12:37 PM
87.

The fires were mainly due to a freak lighting storm we had. Whether the forests had been trimmed or not there still would have been fires. There have been fires all over the state, including in spots that are not heavily forested.

Awesome photos. It's hard to believe how much of California has burned this year.

Posted by Liz July 9, 08 12:38 PM
88.

Very Nice Picture

Posted by Danial July 9, 08 12:39 PM
89.

Thanks for the photos, great job on keep the rest of the world up dated as to what is going on out west. We are so blest here in the eastern part of the USA, we have are problems too, but certainly none like this and the flooding that is going on in the midwest.
God bless all who are involved with these terrible disasters, we not only pray for firefighter, police officer, and service men and everyone who risk their lives to make our lives save. God Bless them all and you too for sharing these fantastic pictures, they sure are an eye opener. Posted by Victoria G., from Pgh.Pa.

Posted by Victoria Guida July 9, 08 12:46 PM
90.

Whoever put together this incredible series of photos should seriously think of putting together a book that could be sold to benefit the forest fire fighters association. I live in the N. Cal foothills, within a short distance of the Grass Valley fairgrounds, which is a staging area for fire fighters coming in from many different states to help. Both my sons and their families were born in CA and we are all familiar with some of the most beautiful areas in the US, now on fire. My older son and his family were recently evacuated from the Martin fire, northeast of Santa Cruz. We are now in a record-breaking heat wave, predicted to last into the weekend. I fully realize that fire could erupt here any time. This is no time to lament about what could have been done. Many of us do all we can to create defensible space but in many of these rugged areas the forest cannot be managed and nature will always rule. Most of these fires were started by lightening. For weeks prior to the fires I watched the devastation caused by floods in the mid-west and east as well as the tornado damage and felt much sympathy for their suffering. I thought some might even wish they could move to the west coast! Nature is the great equalizer. I have to believe that eventually something good will come out of all this.

Posted by Foothills Resident July 9, 08 12:58 PM
91.

It's very cool that people can really see how hard a firefighter can work

Posted by Lee July 9, 08 12:59 PM
92.

Thanks to all the firefighters, we will keep you in our prayers

Posted by shelli July 9, 08 01:21 PM
93.

As a retired CDF Engineer, these photos bring back such fond and terrifying memories. Awesome air show pics!

Posted by Bill July 9, 08 01:25 PM
94.

Absolutely amazing Photos!!!!!God Bless all the firefighters!

Posted by Debbie B. July 9, 08 01:37 PM
95.

I've been looking at pics every morning from Austin, TX. We have lots of friends, and some relatives, who live in these ares. We once lived in Huntington Beach and experienced the Orange County fires in 1993. They were campfires compared to these.

Unfortunately, the Forest Service never has enough money to remove the flammable brush that is the tinder for these huge catastrophes. Big Sur is especially sad. One of our frequent vacation/hiking spots.

These are absolutely the most incredible pictures yet. Kudos to this photographer.

Posted by Chris Spencer July 9, 08 01:40 PM
96.

Awesome! Our prayers also go to those directing
efforts to extinguish these fires. Looking
ahead, I do hope that those opposed to letting
the Forestry Dept. thin our forests, learn
from these fires and drop their opposition

Posted by Lanky Bob July 9, 08 02:13 PM
97.

I live in Salinas, +/-20 miles from Big Sur as the smoke drifts. Yesterday visibility was about 1 mile totally obscurring the mountains on both sides of the Salinas Valley and this morning the sunrise was pure orange like the photo from Pismo. For those outside of Ca who can't fathom mountains on fire, think of the 'Lord of the Rings' movies when Frodo looks on at Mordor in the distance with the red glow of hell outlining the mountains. When the visibility allows at night, that is the view from my front porch in Salinas of the smoke over Big Sur. This fire has been burning for 2 weeks and is less than 25% contained... Humbling to say the least.

Posted by Marty July 9, 08 02:21 PM
98.

Being in a safe place,It is hard to imagine the impack of all the fire that has spread
through calif. The pictures I have just seen,are very powerful,and has helped me understand how scary and fast fire can travel.
thumbs up to all who help keep us safe and have the mental,and physical strength to do the hard job they do.
McLean

Posted by Linda McLean Walker July 9, 08 02:23 PM
99.

These firefighters (and people like them) are the real heroes of our country - not our dysfunctional governmental Administration (including our Congress)!!! They're probably not even aware of what this unimaginable fire looked like! Of course, not that they'd care!

Posted by FritzS July 9, 08 02:51 PM
100.

My prayers are with those fighting the fires as fire fighters and as home owners. These pictures truly show the danger,
May God keep you all safe,
great photography..Thanks from Pa.

Posted by Joni July 9, 08 03:05 PM
101.

Notice
For Anyone : Let's Learn From This !
Location: the web
Type of Notice: Official Notices
Wildfires are among the most pervasive of all the natural disasters, especially for California.
Response time is the one factor that we can control. With this known, the National Interagency Fire Center (N.I.F.C.) is still not measuring or logging the ignition time. You say “So what ? “ Read on !
This response time & the best potential tools aren’t being used to fight WILD FIRES. In simple sense, they are fighting fires with TOYS. We have a cultural problem in this country, which is only going to change when the public demands for the best tools we tax payers have already paid for. Computers, aerial surveillance (looking forward type) & aircraft can be the technology answer. The cost is surprisingly low, because most of it already exists as unrelated tools to various government agencies. The government should be using multi-tasking tools to serve more public needs than as the sole use of a particular agency. A couple examples of tax paid tools that should be used for more tax payer needs, rather than exclusive use of a sole agency is the C-17 (cargo airlifter) & the DSP infrared surveillance satellites. DSP satellites are for the Defense Support Program to warn against hostile missile launches. This infrared system of 18 satellites is ideally suited to detection of wildfires, especially in remote areas. The C-17 is the closest aircraft in our US inventory that is capable of being a purpose built aerial fire-fighting tool. Compare this aircraft to what is presently the best aerial tanker in regular use, which can only deliver 3400 vs. 20,000 gal. The delivery capability is only a small factor in what makes it the best tool. This aircraft can deliver up to 550% & more, suppressant effectively per day than even tanker 910 (DC-10).which isn’t even approved for U.S. government lands. It’s basically on a TRAIL BASIS. To compare it to what is in use or even being evaluated by the U.S.F.S., is like comparing “Fat Albert” to “Michael Jordon”. We can’t rely on government accountability to be their own self critic.

We must do it as a united public, reviewing of or tax dollars effectiveness. Which is one of the reasons why Western Disaster Center (W.D.C.) exists? Our government is a democracy in theory & iconically. One key factor to be a real democracy is education/knowledge. Again, why Western Disaster Center exists.

A study done by W.D.C. on the usage of the largest available aircraft (DC-10), shows that nearly half of the time, these time efficient tools aren’t used until the fire is 50 – 85% thru its burn life. It does appear that aircraft, more so the largest aircraft, are used more for public relations than time efficient tools.

We all have times in life that unfortunate incidents occur & we learn to try to make something good out of a bad, to reduce the pain or find a bigger meaning to why this incident ever crossed our path. Wildfires could just be that for an ever increasing sector of our nation’s population. In fact just the fire hazard threatens 130 million people of the “Wildland Urban Interface” (W.U.I.). The actual number of people it affects is well beyond this. It is a World problem.
W.D.C. has a more detailed knowledge of these subjects & look forward to your participation to a solution to a growing Global problem. I know good things can happen to us if we understand the problems & solve them as a united group. We need to raise the profile of possibilities. How can something this bad --- be good ? Go to
Web- www.westerndisastercenter.org -Stephen Skinner (Director of Wildfire Policy)

Posted by Stephen Skinner July 9, 08 03:07 PM
102.

Our prayers are with the fire fighters. I have a grandaughter& her husband both firefighters in Chattnooga, Tn.

Posted by Katherine J. Hutchison July 9, 08 03:40 PM
103.

These fire fighters and our soilders look death in the eye every day and never quit.
Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tom July 9, 08 03:41 PM
104.

I live in Kern County with the Piute Fire and have friends and family in Santa Barbara with the Gap Fire. We live with our skies orange and grey but those who are out battling these fires are amazing people. They put themselves in the middle of these dangerous storms of flames to same our land and our homes. I thank them from the bottom of my heart and we pray for them every night . All of the fire fighters are someone's son, daughter, husband, father, mother and I have the upmost respect for them.
Be safe,
Lisa from Bakersfield

Posted by Lisa Rust July 9, 08 04:02 PM
105.

I am a firefighters wife and, yes, he is gone on the fires again this year. They love their jobs but the fires in CA are starting earlier, lasting longer, and burning more intensely than ever before. Yes, we need better forest management practices. These fires are more destructive to our environment than fuel thinning would be. The air here near Sacramento is smokey and unhealthy to breathe--imagine what it is for firefighters. It was heartening to read all the great comments and the photos are phenomenal-I'll show them to my husband when get gets home whenever that is.

Posted by Elaine Christian July 9, 08 04:09 PM
106.

Gods speed to all of you on the California fires. My heart is heavy with worry, my hope is that you will soon get the fires under control and you'll be safe. I lived in California until a year and a half ago and I know the horror fire presents. Thank you
Sue Buman Aurora Missouri

Posted by Sue Buman July 9, 08 04:27 PM
107.

absolutely speechless!

Posted by Rodger Lord July 9, 08 04:46 PM
108.

I see lots of well-earned praise for firefighters here but don’t forget about the photojournalists who go deep into these wildfires, often alone, to bring you the images you are talking about.

They are sometimes at greater risk than firefighters, especially when traveling down narrow dead-end dirt roads through deep chaparral brush or thick forests with no visual contact with nearby flames, no communications with firefighters who do, no one to warn them of wind shifts or nearby blow-ups, no ability to call for an airdrop of water or fire retardant on them if they get trapped; only their own experience and whatever knowledge of fire behavior they've been able to glean from firefighters at previous blazes to keep them alive. If fallen trees or flames block their escape route, or their vehicle gets stuck or breaks down, it’s up to them alone to find a safe zone, if one exists, in which to ride the fire out with hopes that they won’t have to deploy a dangerous “shake-and-bake” fire shelter.

Just think, wherever there is a camera, there is probably a person operating it. If it weren’t for that person, we would not see what firefighters are dealing with.

Posted by Joe Schmoe July 9, 08 05:04 PM
109.

Great photos
Our son is a firefighter from New Hampshire who has been involved with the California fires since July 3, He and his crew are located in the Basin Complex Fire.
His spirits are great and we're very proud of him and all the others involved...
May they come home safe.........

Posted by Hartleys July 9, 08 05:04 PM
110.

MAY GOD GIVE ALL OF THESE FIREFIGHTERS AND RESIDENTS
THE ABILITY TO ACCEPT THESE TRAGEDIES AND REALIZE
OUR TIME HERE IS UNPREDICTABLE....TIME MARCHES ON..
I PRAY THAT THERE WILL BE RAIN IN THESE AREAS TO HELP
DISTINGUISH THE FIRES.....AND OF COURSE THE WINDS DIE DOWN.
BONNIE

Posted by BONNIE DEVINE July 9, 08 05:32 PM
111.

RE: Mssg 37 by Jeff Parker July 8, 08 10:30 AM -

“Thanks for posing these photos. I live on West Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara and have been away from the house since the 30th of June. After finding out about the fire, I have been unable to return to our house do to Mandatory Evacuation orders. These pictures make me relise why they don't want us back up there.”


I happen to know that the first and fifth pictures were taken on West Camino Cielo where firefighters were building a line of defense for your home and your neighbors’.

From a distance, it can be hard to see the danger of the situation and it must be especially difficult to be under mandatory evacuation for so long. It is a better situation though than what happened to your area during the 1990 Painted Cave Fire which simply swept over the land and quickly destroyed 621 structures and killed one person.

It’s good to know that you have the help of not only the many fire agencies that are working hard but also the inmate hand crews that are working so very hard to cut fire lines over there. Even inmates can be heroes to a homeowner.

Good luck to you. I hope you on your way home now.

Posted by Joe Schmoe July 9, 08 05:42 PM
112.


My prayers go out to all the people who have lost everything.

Posted by Larry July 9, 08 06:42 PM
113.

My son is working ground support at the Piute fire. I just spoke to him and he was giving me all the details. I couldn't understand the magnitude of those details until I saw the incredible pictures. Bless his heart and all of the other ground supporter and firefighters. You are in my prayers!

Posted by Lori Engdall July 9, 08 07:00 PM
114.

Fantastic photos. God bless alll the firefighters and keep them safe.

Posted by Jim Diacono July 9, 08 07:06 PM
115.

Western forests ecosystems require fire. Seeds of many native western plant species can't even germinate unless burned first. As was said above, the curren fires were started by dry lightening storms. If wildfires could be left to burn every year, there would be little underbrush and the tree crowns would seldom burn. The ecosystem certainly would not be harmed. The problem is that dams, power lines, roads, homes, and businesses occupy parts of this ecosystem. Firefighters work to protect these human artifacts, and their bravery and skill is monumental and admirable. More attention to building and maintaining human artifacts to accomodate these fires would minimize the damage and need for extensive fire fighting.

Posted by bemused July 9, 08 07:15 PM
116.

I can't believe the magnificent beauty in the tragic scenes ... thank you for showing us the real people and their real to life situations which I hope I will never experience.

Posted by Julie of Hemet July 9, 08 07:33 PM
117.

Actually the two helos dipping water out of the ocean are Navy. they are SH-60's. The twin rotor helo is a sea stallion also Navy. I am Navy. It would be really great if you could correct that it says National Guard. Navy has helped out a few times before with wildfires. (Every sailor is a firefighter!)

Great looking pictures. I still remember the big one in 2003.

Posted by IT2 (SW) Mike Harshbarger July 9, 08 07:54 PM
118.

The beauty, devastation, devotion of the fire fighters, and amazing shots of the aircraft leave me practically wordless. Bless the firefighters.

Posted by Duke Gritlefeld July 9, 08 08:11 PM
119.

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our thoughts & Prayers are with ALL the firefighters, volunteers & residents.

Harold & Dee Minter
Symsonia, KY.

Posted by Dee Minter July 9, 08 08:18 PM
120.

No way to match or top these comments.
OUR GOD is still in control - no matter what or who started all this.............. He is in control over all -- REALLY. Pray for His intervention to stop it all (as he calmed the sea). Peace Be Still. Jean Newby

Posted by Jean Newby July 9, 08 08:24 PM
121.

Does anyone know if Los Angeles is under smoke-watch? I am starting to worry... The pictures are amazing by the way.

Posted by Lauren July 9, 08 08:24 PM
122.

Our fire department has sent strike teams in to help provide some relief to the exhausted firefighters battling some of these blazes. All of these guys are working very hard under unimaginsble conditions. Our prayers and thoughts go out to everyone involved.

Posted by Carole Jobe - Hercules,CA July 9, 08 08:44 PM
123.

The whole church is praying for a heavy shower to put off the fire.
During early morning prayer I received a vision of heavy rain.
We will have heavy rain.

Posted by Rev. Christopher Lim July 9, 08 08:46 PM
124.

I am the wife of a California aerial applicator (crop duster) and we are currently rallying to assist with the fires. These men have aircraft that are currently grounded because they are in-between crop seasons. They are highly qualified pilots who make their living flying in very dangerous conditions (low flying-around hazardous obstacles). Many of them have and do fly for the forestry service during fire season, therefore, they are qualified for such tasks.

Why aren't they and their aircraft out there fighting these fires??????

Easy answer... politics! These men have approached the California legislature and most importantly, the Gov-en-nator.. ARNOLD.... and for some reason which is not comprehensible to me, they are being ignored!

Folks, these men are wanting to help! They are offering their services and their aircraft, free of charge! They just want to assist and God knows, they are qualified!

It disgusts me that politics are getting in the way of saving land and structures and ultimately, lives. Please, stand together. I'm not certain what can be done, but if you have a voice, let it be heard! Get these "already-equipped" aircraft and brave pilots in the air!

Praise to everyone who is out there fighting these fires, to the unlucky people who have lost everything and to the men and women who are watching from the side-lines with their hands tied!!!!!!

Posted by Wifey July 9, 08 09:30 PM
125.

THANKS goes out to all the firemen that worked and are still working on keeping our homes and land safe. GOD be with you all and your familes.

Posted by asicit - Monterey, CA July 9, 08 09:44 PM
126.

GOD BLESS EVERYONE IN THIS AREA . I PRAY GOD WILL PUT HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND EVERYONE .

Posted by JAN CREECH July 9, 08 09:50 PM
127.

FANTASTRIC PHOTOS - FANTASTIC FIRE FIGHTERS

Posted by JOHN WEBB July 9, 08 09:54 PM
128.

These Photos show a Painfully clear reality of this sad,sad situation.
I could almost smell the smoke and feel the Fire.on my skin.
They truly look like,what I imagine HELL would be.

God Bless The Frontline firefighters , The folks that have lost their homes
and the helpless domestic animals & wildlife.

I will also pray for a hard heavy RAIN for you folks.
GOD SPEED

Posted by Cindy Morton -Kentucky July 9, 08 10:13 PM
129.

It is so hard to believe that something so distructive can look so beautiful in photos. As California hill dwellers, our prayers are continuing for all those in harms way. God grant the firemen the strength to carry on.

Posted by Mary Ellen Gridley July 9, 08 10:34 PM
130.

These people are doing a great job in trying to control fires. Many of them risk injury, poison oak problems and dangerous bug bits. Some of these young men leave their late term pregnant wife to fight these fires. My hat is off to these brave young people

Posted by Mark July 9, 08 10:36 PM
131.

Thanks be to God for the strength and energy and commitment of these firefighters who risk their lives to protect homes and families and wildlife from the scourge of wildfires. More of our National Guard should be home to help the fight, instead of overseas protecting others from danger. My prayers are with all workers in firefighting and related support fields--God bless and keep you safe from harm.

Posted by Conni Clarke July 9, 08 10:42 PM
132.

GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND OUR FIREFIGHTERS. EACH AND EVERY ONE. THE PHOTOS ARE AWSOME! ON SOME OF THE PREVIOUS LETTERS, WE NEED TO MAINTAIN OUR FORESTS ALOT BETTER. IF WE HAVE CROP DUSTER PILOTS, WHY ARE THEY BEING IGNORED? THERE ARE ALOT OF FIREMEN COMING IN FROM OTHER STATES TO HELP. THANK YOU, THANK YOU,AND GOD BLESS.

Posted by KRIS July 9, 08 11:03 PM
133.

Great pictures. Hope all will be over soon. God bless all the firefighters and all
people involved in this crisis. May God shelter everybody. We don't know how these would feel until you have been there. San Diego had been through this hell as well. Prayers for all.

Posted by R. Fuentecilla July 9, 08 11:11 PM
134.

specatular images.....and very courageous men & women who risk everything!

Posted by tim grotts July 9, 08 11:18 PM
135.

In response to #73. Are you crazy? These firefighters, pilots and all involved in putting out our CA wildfire are HEROS!!! no doubt about it. I live in Los Olivos, CA and last year when the Zaca fire burned for 3 months, I saw these Heros everyday, as I live within 5 miles of their command post. It makes me sick to think anyone would think the fire crews are not HEROS. So, they might not be where a building could fall in on them, they face trees (very tall trees) that can blow up in a heartbeat, underbrush that can sweep through in seconds and destroy everything in sight, and very INTENSE heat. I hope you never have to experience a forest fire burning close to your home, if you did, you would truly understand what HEROS these men and women are. The building might not fall on them, but the extreme heat they face is HELL itself. Imagine 100 degree weather, being in the middle of flames in a heavy firesafe suit, that adds even more heat it must feel like like hell. Heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke are all risks they take.
Yes, every day we all face horrific dangers, that's life sweety. But to have a job as a firefighter goes above and beyond. Jackie, I hope you rethink what you said in your post.
I am greatful always to know that at a moments notice there are brave men and women who are there to save our land, homes and lives. God Bless them.

Posted by Sandy July 9, 08 11:39 PM
136.

Lets all pray for rain!

Posted by Fred Year July 9, 08 11:46 PM
137.

We are so lucky to have these brave men and women doing this very difficult, and dangerous task , thanks so much from all us .

Posted by Madison,Jennifer,Al. Funke July 9, 08 11:58 PM
138.

FANTASTIC PICS All you firefighters are my heroes

Posted by Micki Turney July 10, 08 12:00 AM
139.

we are dumbfound watching the pictures,we pray God for his mercy and help the fire fighters in their mission, for unless the lord keeps the watch the watch men efforts are in vain.

Posted by e.bhanu prakash July 10, 08 12:30 AM
140.

Where we live, near Grass Valley, we get the smoke, a minor inconvenience compared to the hell these men and women are experiencing...our prayers are with them and those who homes are threatened, and those who have lost their homes as well.

We pray for a downpour of rain, but we submit to the Lord's will.

Posted by Robert July 10, 08 12:34 AM
141.

These brave firefighters need our prayers and support, and I agree with Fred Year in his post above, what will help most is for all of us to pray for rain. Though it is not the rainy season for CA prayer brings on God's miracles.

Posted by Anonymous July 10, 08 12:58 AM
142.

Breathtaking depiction of nature fighting for its life.....Our contries firefighters
who risk their lives everyday should be applauded for the effort they put forth;For
they are true heroes...

Posted by BRAD SPURR July 10, 08 01:46 AM
143.

Incredible photos of bravery and dedication in the American spirit of helping your fellow man. Northern California has been on fire since the middle of June, it is truly a humbling experience to see fire fighters from Los Angeles, Fresno and Orange County traveling through Orland to help in Butte, Lassen, and Shasta counties. Coming from a town where our fire department is entirely volunteer, we appreciate help from outside the area. On the Fourth of July our main highway was lined with a mile of American flags, it was heartwarming to see five trucks from Orange County passing through on their way back to the fires down south. Although we have been subject to a change in the wind,and homes evacuated two weeks ago are now facing emergency evacuations again, we know if helped is needed those same dedicated fire fighters will once again come to our aid. God Bless you all.
On a lighter note, while shopping in Costco in Chico, California, today a group of firefighters with an afternoon off to relax and recoup, all seven of them were in line to purchase swimming trunks to utilize the swimming pool at the motel they were housed in. Shoppers, many of whom were wearing face masks from the ash thanked the young men for helping save homes and businesses in the hills and valleys around Butte County. With temperatures over 100 degrees for the past week, here's hoping they enjoyed the pool in their new suits. Words can not express the appreciation the residents in the north state owe these young men and women. Thank you

Posted by christine stifter July 10, 08 01:57 AM
144.

Hey, #73...in wildfires, as in war, death and worse usually come suddenly and linger. Place a fingertip on a candle flame for a little wake-up call.

Posted by Tommy Thompson July 10, 08 02:02 AM
145.

Ref to comment 117 and correction on two pictures. The 2 helicpopters dipping out of the ocean are Marine CH-53E helicopters. I was the aircraft commander for the one on the left that day and that is my Marines flying those planes. Also the one of the twin rotor helicopter barely visible in the smoke is a Marine CH-46E. The Marines deployed from Southern California with literally one day's notice to help the firefighters in Norther California. It would be nice to give these Marines the proper recognition they deserve. We also worked with 2 Navy SH-60R helicopters, making the total 9 just at the base we were supporting out of. Not all helo's are National Guard. Just trying to get the facts straight.

Posted by Erick Min July 10, 08 02:26 AM
146.

These pictures are really telling the story!! We also have HEROS up in Northern Ca. too. They are on the lines fighting and protecting us all. Our prayers go to all involved for their safety and GOD BLESS ONE AND ALL. Thanks to all for your hard work!!

Posted by Dottie Tefelski July 10, 08 02:35 AM
147.

God speed all you brave souls involved with defending our beautiful state!

Posted by kenn Taylor July 10, 08 02:41 AM
148.

My, my to see the full extent of the power of God. What wonderful awsome pictures. I pray that cooler weather and some rain will come to relieve these brave souls that are working so tirelessly to save loves and homes and our wonderful forests. Thank you to all of you that are helping even in a small way and may God give you strengh in your endevours.

Posted by Peg July 10, 08 03:09 AM
149.

First of all, thanks for transmitting this collage, Eric Van Leeuwen! Although very imrpressive, these series could havec been made in places all over the planet. We here in urope are witnesses of fires of same caliber in Portugal, france, Italy etc.
Jos van Leeuwen, The Netherlands

Posted by Jos van Leeuwen The Netherlands July 10, 08 03:38 AM
150.

I live in South Australia, which is the driest state in the driest continent on earth. We're no strangers to devastating bushfires (wildfires, as you Americans call them), and because of this, I echo the praise and thanks given to the NoCal firefighters by everyone on this thread. You have pines, we have eucalypts, which go up like matches, especially in times of drought. In the past, Aussie firefighters have helped out in the US, and, likewise, American and Canadian firefighting aircraft and personnel have helped us too. Good ol' Elvis and the Canadairs!

I also completely agree with Sandy's comments on Jackie's post. Fire is the most utterly destructive and devastating force we can encounter. All praise and credit to the boys and girls putting their lives on the line to help and save their countrymen. Greater love hath no man ...

Posted by Jill July 10, 08 04:16 AM
151.

First of all - THANK GOD WE HAVE THESE BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS, VOLUNTEERS, HOMEOWNERS AND YES, EVEN THE INMATES, TO FIGHT THESE HORRIFIC FIRES IN SUCH INTENSE HEAT AND FOR SUCH ONGOING, EXTREMELY LONG HOURS!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP ALL OF YOU SAFE!!!

T0 those whose homes have been lost - MAY GOD ALWAYS BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE YOUR DEVASTATION!! I AM SO VERY SORRY!! OF COURSE, YOUR LIVES COME FIRST, BUT TO LOSE ALL OF YOUR FAMILY PICTURES AND HEIRLOOMS, ETC, IS HEARTWRENCHING! PRAY THAT THESE FIRES ARE STOPPED AND THAT YOU CAN TRY TO PICK UP WHAT IS LEFT OF YOUR LIVES. SO EXTREMELY HARD AND SO VERY SAD!

THE PICTURES ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING...... SO AWESOME!!!!

Last, but certainly not least -IN RESPONSE TO JACKIE, #73, YOU DISGUST ME WITH YOUR COMPLETE AND TOTAL IGNORANCE!!!! YOUR HEAD IS SO FAR UP YOUR HIGH AND MIGHTY ASS, YOU BETTER PRAY DAMN HARD THAT YOUR OWN HOME NEVER CATCHES ON FIRE. REMEMBER - WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!!!

Posted by Skeeter July 10, 08 04:52 AM
152.

I admire firefighters more than any other profession

Posted by nima amoozadeh July 10, 08 06:27 AM
153.

Right when we think we have it bad, somewhere else has it worst. God Bless All who are having to deal with this on a day to day basis.

Posted by Alisa July 10, 08 08:16 AM
154.

BAH BAH
VERY BEAUTIFUL

Posted by MFA July 10, 08 08:17 AM
155.

Our prayers go out to all the firefighters and the residents.

Posted by Lynda July 10, 08 08:44 AM
156.

The pictures were very well done and gives a good scope to one who lived near
Snta Barbara years ago,Ventura counry. Thanks for posting the pictures for one who has relatives living near some of the places near th fires. Troy Seedig

Posted by Troy Seedig July 10, 08 09:07 AM
157.

My,. What wonderful awsome pictures. I pray that cooler weather and some rain will come to relieve these brave souls that are working so tirelessly to save loves and homes and our wonderful forests. Thank you to all of you that are helping even in a small way and may God give you strengh . We have been to Big Sir many times and have admired the beauty God has put there for us, now we have to pray for all of these fires to end. Again God Bless all those brave people who are trying so hard

Posted by Orlando and Tila Velarde July 10, 08 09:27 AM
158.

Between the earthquakes, fires, mudslides, heat in Ca.--well, I'm just glad I live in the midwest!
BUT a big BRAVO/GOD BLESS to those who live, work, and cherish, the state.It IS beautiful! BUT Nature is surely the equalizer, as was mentioned--remember the old saying "You can't fool Mother Nature"? Perhaps Ca. should learn a lesson from us here in the Miss. Valley----if you build in a flood plain, you will be flooded! SO If you live where the danger of fire is probable--don't live there! By doing so, you endanger the lives of those who are protecting something that should'nt have been there in the first place! Is that fair?
God Bless all of you!

Posted by Midwesterner-- July 10, 08 10:40 AM
159.

To all of you involved in the fires you have my sympathies, as we in Australia can relate to the fires you are having, and some of us are on their way to help out.

Good luck to all,


Posted by Gerrie Bussem July 10, 08 10:49 AM
160.

Thank you for the amazing photographs.

And to Steve Stricklin of the Plumas County Hot Shots - We haven't heard from you since you called from the front lines of a fire on Father's Day. Just know that we love you and pray for you every day, as you do the job you so dearly love. Call when you can.

Love and hugs from your sister in Texas.

Posted by Sherry Hart July 10, 08 11:27 AM
161.

These photos send a chill down my spine of the sadness of the destructuion of the beautiful redwoods who have been through so many threats to life, but this is taking many . The firefighters are absolutely selfless in their determination and dedication to saving whatever is possible.

Thank You!!!!

Posted by Hiedi & Brutis July 10, 08 11:28 AM
162.

My heart goes to these brave men, their families and to those that are in danger of loosing their homes.
I pray for all of you that are suffering because of the fires.
I pray to God to take care of every single firefigther, for those that are on the ground and the ones flying planes, choppers, etc. I thank God for all of you figthers that had come from so far. Thank you for coming to help. May our God Lord protect you all from the flames and smoke.
Bless you all and your families!!
I live in Central California, I am bless but I am hurting with all of you!
I pray to God for a special blessing to our heroes, because that is what you all are!!
Our soldiers are fitghting in the middle east but you are fighting here in California.

We are so proud of you!!! Our Heroes!!!

Posted by Jenny Aguayo July 10, 08 11:40 AM
163.

I was awestruck. So many people involved, not just firefighters. God Bless them all.

Posted by Jackie July 10, 08 11:48 AM
164.

These photos brought back many memories of my summer college days when I worked for the Forest Service fighting wild fires. These memories included the well-known cause of these wild fires--many years of preventing fires, allowing the brush to build to point that when it does burn at high heat, jumps from the brush to the trees becoming a holocaust. Also, though I would like to live in the forest, it's insane to build a house totally surround by forest. These issues have been known for at least 50 years, but we stick our head in the sand and spent millions each year while we let the situation get worse. The picture of the borate boomer dropping it load next to a threatened house really made me mad. Not to pick on one unfortunate home owner, but why would anyone let brush build up around their house like this and not onlu put their own family in dannger but indanger many others.

Posted by "Dutch" Van Ingen July 10, 08 11:56 AM
165.

Should we re-think our opinion on thinning and logging in the forest? I can't help but wonder if the fires could have been more managable. Logging roads and stumps would be better than sterile black ash with no wildlife!

Posted by betty finch July 10, 08 12:03 PM
166.

Great pics!! My heart goes out to those people who have lost their homes and for all the fire fighters!!! Know about fires! In 1998 we too had fires in Palm Coast ,Fl.

Posted by Samantha Howell July 10, 08 12:03 PM
167.

Wow, absolutely incredible pictures! I'm up here in Northern California and the smoke and smell of burnt wood has become a constant companion for weeks now. It is a very scary time indeed, and I am ever so grateful to all the firefighters who work so hard to keep us safe.
I believe there should be way more paid firefighters throughout California. My hat's off to all the volunteers and I don't know what all of us here in Mendocino County would have done without them. I think they should all get paid really well for the extremely hard work they have done and continue to do.

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Posted by Dagmar Moseley July 10, 08 12:19 PM
168.

Brave American acts of courage, dedication and most of all faith, may GOD BLESS THEM ALL

Posted by betty Steinhoff July 10, 08 12:33 PM
169.

In response to #73---- I am a retired fire captain from Dallas and I can speak from experience to the risks all firefighters take. These brave firefighters in California deserve the highest honor for laying their lives on the line. I never considered myself a hero...just doing the job that I enjoyed doing....trying to save lives and property. These firefighters that are fighting the fires in California are what I would consider heros, just like those who are on the battlefields in war risking their lives and many being wounded and others giving the ultimate sacrifice for others to enjoy freedom. May God bless all of our military, police and firefighters, and may we all keep them all in our prayers.
Oh by the way, #103 many photographers do take great risks also covering dangerous assignments but for a different reason than the military personnel, police, and firefighters. Also they are not allowed into these dangerous situations
unless accompanied with professionals. The photographers are not freelancing without protection as you suggest. What about tornado chasers?

Posted by Frank Varner July 10, 08 12:34 PM
170.

My prayers and devotion of braverly go out to the firefighters and, all those involve in doing everything then can do and putting their lives up front to save lives and homes. These are the men and women that I salute my hat to and would say that is a man and a woman. May you are watched over and I lid a casndle for all of you and the people whose home are in the middle of the fires.

Posted by Margaret Kawaharada July 10, 08 12:58 PM
171.

As the wife of recently retired Cal-fire Chief, I know the toll that fires take on both those fighting them and ther families at home, not to mention those who lose their homes from the devastating fires! My son, and my two nephews are also currently with Cal-fire. God help us all to tame this fire-beast that is intent on consuming not only land, but people too. I hope the real impact of the pictures goes deeper than 'awesome photos' and hits us all where we will pray like never before. .. God help us!

Posted by Patty July 10, 08 01:05 PM
172.

Some California weather facts: It simply doesn't rain here in the summer. We will get out of this with some combination of the following: marine fog for the coastal fires, wind direction changes for the others that will turn them back on themselves, fires running out of fuel, lower temperatures, and higher humidity.

Previous posters have alluded to the decades of fire suppression. That is certainly part of our problem. But the forests are too huge to be thinned by people -- we have thousands of square miles even after all these fires. Nature will have to do it the first time. The Forest Service now has better policies -- some fires are left to burn if they don't affect people or property, defensible areas around homes, etc.

Posted by Lesley Hunt July 10, 08 01:23 PM
173.

What a total disaster! Let's hope the firefighters, families along the way, and all the animals in these areas find havens to protect themselves. Hopefully, the weather will provide enough moisture and less winds, so that there will be some control possible shortly. Thanks to all those involved in trying to curtail all the damage.
Visited in California 2 days ago and saw it from the sky (in the airplane). It really looks overwhelming.

Posted by Ruthie K. July 10, 08 01:49 PM
174.

The pictures were spectacular but hard to imagine fires like that. Thank you for sharing them with me.

Posted by Anonymous July 10, 08 01:55 PM
175.

Yellowstone had decades of fire suppression that ended in the great fire of 1988. The fires there burned in patches. Most animals were able to get away. To their surprise, they found less than a dozen corpses of large animals. The unburned patches provided food and shelter and the burned ones produced new growth almost immediately. It was probably a tough winter, but there are many more animals in Yellowstone today than there were before the fire. Fire policy changed as a result. Firefighters' lives are not risked and money is not spent on naturally caused fires in areas where they don't threaten people or property. The ecosystem is a lot healthier. Everybody wins.

Posted by Lesley Hunt July 10, 08 02:04 PM
176.

And yet, there are those that think our public employee's are over compensated for their service. I don't see any politicians out on the line putting their life in jeoaprdy for others! Unless, there is photo opportunity, which would be staged at any rate.

Posted by Roger Goodyear July 10, 08 02:04 PM
177.


God bless them all and keep them safe. They all look realy tired.

Posted by June July 10, 08 02:23 PM
178.

I cant imagine the struggle those brave firefighters must be going thru with all that gear they must carry when the weather is so hot. Like Iraq!

Posted by Bob, Sebring,FL July 10, 08 02:24 PM
179.

really nice pictures

Posted by hamed July 10, 08 02:43 PM
180.

This is an awesome collection of great fire photographs, the best I've ever seen, and I've been a pro photographer for over 35 years. Great photos and a great job of photo editing by the poster. I have forwarded a link to this page to the local community email lists on the Mendocino Coast of northern California. Bravo!

Posted by Nicholas Wilson - nwilsonphoto.com July 10, 08 03:13 PM
181.

FYI - the captions for two of the helicopters above have now been corrected, they were U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53e Super Stallions, not national Guard as previously written.

Posted by alan taylor July 10, 08 03:18 PM
182.

outstanding photos

Posted by dish July 10, 08 03:26 PM
183.

wut great pics, even tho they are bad

Posted by ami July 10, 08 03:36 PM
184.

Stop what you are doing and have a moment of silence and prayer for all those that are fighter these fires..... Then say a prayer for our nation......as well as those around the world. For this is a sign of what is yet to come.....open your local newspaper and then your Bible to Revelations and compare the two.... and there is the answer.....It is time to put our lives in order!

Posted by Bonnie July 10, 08 03:42 PM
185.

May God restore all that has been lost.

Posted by Sharon Green July 10, 08 03:45 PM
186.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THAT ARE FIGHTING THE CALIFORNIA FIRES!!
A HUGE PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERED IN THE DEVASTATION OF
THE CALIFORNIA FIRES!!
Living in Mendocino county ( Fort Bragg area) we have a slight haze and scent
of the surrounding fires. We have met so many wonderful people that have came
to get away from the smoke & fires. It has brought much tourism to our area.

20% of my sales will be donated to the firefighters...

Thank You all !!

Posted by Brenda Barrett ( Propagation Plus) July 10, 08 03:50 PM
187.

My prayers go out for wildland firefighters as I sit out what would have been my 40th season of wildland firefighting. We are already ahead of the total fatalities of 2007.

Posted by Tim July 10, 08 03:52 PM
188.

Amazing photos. Heartbreaking all around--the homes, the trees, the heat, the smoke. Thanks and gratitude to all the heroic firefighters.

Posted by Norma July 10, 08 03:53 PM
189.

I apologize to #103's post I meant #108 Joe Shmoe. #108 was referring to the REAL heros, the photographers taking the pictures. I was a little aghast at his comparison. Photographers were never inside a burning building taking pictures, nor, were they ever allowed in an unsafe place knowingly during my career as a firefighter. Although they were able to get some great shots from the outside. It would have been a little smoky for pictures inside anyway.

Posted by Frank July 10, 08 04:12 PM
190.

I, as many others, see this and am just heartbroken. These are fantastic photos! Some of these pictures really capture the heart and soul of those brave and courageous fire fighters. I wish to send them a "Thank you" truly and deeply from within my heart. You all have worked so very hard in the last few years with all the fires that have happen. We could not have simply survived, if it hadn’t been for
ALL OF YOU.
I will continue sending this out to all my friends and family, not to show the devastation, but AGAIN to show the appreciation I have for
THE FIRE FIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Posted by Diane Karro July 10, 08 04:24 PM
191.

Drivng up Old San Marcos Pass Rd., you get a good view of exactly how close this fire came to destroying all the homes in the Trout Club and Haney Tract plus my home, just above Haney. The fire-fighters, pilots and the logistical team have done a miraculous job. They should be commended for their excellent work.
What an effort.
Donn-Resident at West Camino Cielo

Posted by Donn Zellet July 10, 08 04:41 PM
192.

Sustainability is one of the more popular buzz words today. Our communities must be sustainable. Our lifestyle must be sustainable.

No doubt we all realize that allowing our overgrown forests & the wildlife in them to be incinerated by unnatural Wildfires is not sustainable. Massive efforts by fire fighters on the Sequoia Piute Fire have achieved a mere 26% containment at a cost of over $10,000,000 while 25,722 acres have been devastated, according to a 7/7/08 Forest Report. Is bankrupting ourselves sustainable?

Let’s all consider most of our forests are ripe for unnatural Wildfires like the Piute Fire. It is high time the public demand our forests be actively managed to reduce fuel loads. Yes that will mean many trees will need to be cut down to thin the forest to natural density & a vocal minority abhor the idea of logging. We are seeing the results of their misguided lawsuits blocking forest management & it is destroying our forests, wildlife & air quality, while bankrupting us.

There was a time not too long ago when timber receipts paid for recreation facilities, as well as promoting forest health, supplying a renewable resource, providing jobs & paying taxes. Now that special interests have virtually eliminated logging, we are told we must “Pay to Play” in forests that look more like lunar landscapes.

Please contact Congressman McCarthy’s office at 661 327-3611 & ask him to help us stop the destruction of our forests by supporting active forest management to make them sustainable.
You can read more at www.StewardsOfTheSequoia.org/ForestFacts-WildfireFacts.html


Chris Horgan
Executive Director
Stewards of the Sequoia
Division of CTUC 501c3

Posted by Chris Horgan July 10, 08 04:53 PM
193.

My prayers are with all involved. Lori Betts-Aguirre

Posted by lori Betts-aguirre July 10, 08 04:58 PM
194.

This country is in definite peril with the floods in the mid west and the fires here in Calif. I know first hand the scare of having to leave your home behind
and not sure if it will be there when you return. whether it water or fire you feel the loss. We have to thank the firefighter for putting their life on the line for our homes and family. We are a strong people we will rebuild. We need to get our national guard home along with all the rest. the firefighter need help. I'm not sure what else will come to this nation. God speed to all who have fought and to those who have lost so much due to fire or flood. Thank you to all are men in uniform -fire, police, or military Thank You.

Posted by P. Richardson July 10, 08 05:17 PM
195.

As a forester and firefighter now retired, I hope all of you who read this, realize just how wonderful these people are who work so hard, under such tough conditions, to preserve and care for our wild country so we can use and enjoy this land again and again. The idea is multiple use - wood, water, grazing. recreation and mining.

These guys and gals truly have the "country" attitude.

Bill Hunter
Lincoln, California

Posted by William Hunter July 10, 08 05:19 PM
196.

May God Bless our Fire Fighters and their families! May you all return to your homes soon.

Posted by Eileen Rousseau July 10, 08 05:33 PM
197.

As a IC Type II, I feel that there is really nothing to do but to fall back and fight fire with fire, there is no need to put resources at risk with fuel and weather conditons that are present in California. The old 1foot in the green and1foot in the black has been well exhausted due to the accumilation of fuels and lack of support to mitigate those fuels in a more exceptiable environment. May god bless all and return them safe to their love ones.

Posted by Law garcia July 10, 08 05:45 PM
198.

After following all of this daily on the local news here in San Luie Opispo
These are awesome Photos, My Prayers and Thanks go out to all the firefighters and all involved , They are doing a tremondous Job!! My grandson
happens to be one of them now fighting the Gap Fire after coming from Big
Sur fire. Thank You To All Of You !!

Posted by Christine Smith July 10, 08 05:48 PM
199.

The photo of the airplane dropping the flame retardant near the house is my neighbor's house. I can't say THANK YOU enough to all of the brave fire-fighters who risked their lives to save our homes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are TRUE heros!!!!!!!

Posted by Donna Lee Williams July 10, 08 05:55 PM
200.

To # 73: HERO DEFINED: an illustrious warrior , a person admired for their achievements and noble qualities, one that shows great courage, hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to persons in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display COURAGE and the will for SELF-SACRIFICE. Need I go on any more!!! To all those on the line be safe, come home and God Bless! To all those that have experienced or are experiencing lose my prayers go out to you too.

Posted by Vern July 10, 08 06:07 PM
201.

Thanks for these great photos, it makes us all realize what a blessing it is to have these wonderful, dedicated people working so hard for all of us. May God keep them close and bless them....

Posted by Mary Mason July 10, 08 06:53 PM
202.

Really enjoyed reading all the posts. It is a great coming together of people who
care..even me across the sea in Hawaii.. I CAN FEEL THE LOVE.
It is what makes us Americans to want the best for others, especially in their time
of need. Aloha to all..

Posted by Jenna July 10, 08 07:14 PM
203.

As the widow of a firefighter and the mother of a firefighter I thank you all for the marvelous support and thank s you are giving,,,,, When ever you see a firefighter ( just as when you see a soldeir in uniform ) just say thank you,,,,,,,,, it means so much to them,,, and their families,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by firewidmom July 10, 08 07:43 PM
204.

Great Shots - particularly the two of Mike Leslie at Big Sur.

Posted by Bob Strovink July 10, 08 08:16 PM
205.

The company who makes the "special gun" seen in one of the photos is being hassled by a Cal-Trans employee who is maliciously slowing down their ability to produce product and get it to the firefighters. All federal, state, and local agencies should be asking how to help support efforts to provide for the firefighters - not getting in the way of progress that provides tools for the firefighters and makes their job easier. Shame on you Cal-Trans employee!

Posted by Beth July 10, 08 08:30 PM
206.

We cannot begin to imagine the dedication our firefighters have to take on the Goliath-sized fires that we have here in California. Our family is praying for each of you and thanks just somehow seems not great enough for your sacrifice (and your families'). We KNOW that it will be under control soon. May God richly bless you all!!!

Posted by Cyndy & Craig Sales July 10, 08 08:30 PM
207.

I am a resident of San Luis Obispo Co. & am the wife of a National Guardsman who has been home less than two years from serving our Country in Iraq and was called up by the State to fight the fires in CA. My husband has been gone for a week training in Mendocino Co. & is now doing ground work in that same Co. He's put his life on the line while in Iraq & is now doing it again to fight the fires.
We should all be very proud of our men & women who unselfishly go about their jobs and do what needs to be done. I praise them for all they do while in harms way & pray for them & their families.

I have to mention #73 as well & only merely add to the other's comments that she apparently never had a loved one serve in a dangerous capacity or serve in the military or she would have more compassion for those that have.

I pray for all the firefighters and pray for their safe return.

Posted by Linda Neville July 10, 08 08:34 PM
208.

Utterly awesome, heart-wrenching, real photos. DGK

Posted by Dimitri G. Kostiw July 10, 08 08:44 PM
209.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Please keep safe-while saving others and their homes. Mother Earth will return the things lost. The forest, which wil take time. Return home safely to one and all. God Bless you all.

Posted by Deby (aka webigail) July 10, 08 08:47 PM
210.

Can' t imagine what the carbon footprint is, just in California. Maybe they should disinfranchise themselves off from the rest of the US, so that Algore doesn't count us in with the manmade global warning FARCE! God will see a way to keep the proper levels of co2 up.

Posted by Bruce Ballard July 10, 08 08:53 PM
211.

Amazing

Posted by Brian July 10, 08 09:08 PM
212.

Awesome photos! I hope the photographer wasn't putting him self at risk!

Posted by Judy July 10, 08 09:30 PM
213.

am very glad we got all the help and it's in God hands and wish then all the best and a very safe return home to there Family . God Bless you all

Posted by ann L Williams July 10, 08 09:45 PM
214.

Like it or not these guys (and gals) firghting these fires are heros. No there may not be building that falls on them, but how about extremely tall trees that are blazing with fire that can and have fallen on them? By the way hero is defined in the dictionary as.........."a person admired for their bravery, great deeds or noble indeavors"... Having seen these folks in my own back yard in San Diego I can only say "Thank God" for there being there (here) when needed. God's speed and may all these folks get home safe, sound and soon to once again wtih their families and loved ones.

Posted by Gary Coleman July 10, 08 09:49 PM
215.

The world is coming to and end as we know it

Posted by Michelle Carlson July 10, 08 09:55 PM
216.

#73, Jackie needs to suit up and spend 24 hours with these wildland firefighters, and I think she have an eye-opening experience. They do put their lives on the line every day. God bless them.

Posted by Bea July 10, 08 09:57 PM
217.

1 word.WOW

Posted by Loo. July 10, 08 10:05 PM
218.

my children and grandchildren live in Goleta and were evacuated form safety but have now been able to retyrn home. God bless all the people who have put themsevles in harms way

Posted by J.M. Metcalf July 10, 08 10:17 PM
219.

If you are interested in how the actual firefighting takes place, using smoke jumpers, the brave pilots & co-pilots of old airliners, various types helicopters, and their support crews then, for sure read John J. Nance's novels. He has documented the actual experiences of such crews as well as poetic-licensed what-ifs. Very exciting and educational!

Posted by Rich K July 10, 08 10:42 PM
220.

I haven't heard any mention of the "Super Scooper" airplanes that had been used to fight fires here in the past. I recall something about our leasing them from Canada, and if that is the case, does anyone know why California hasn't purchased any of these? No plane could be as costly as these fires are every year, and these firefighters really deserve as much help as they can get.

Posted by Carol Moeller July 10, 08 11:00 PM
221.

I can't amagine the beauty of the mountains that are being destroyed! Is this what is going to be in the future. It seems that since we ( USA ) have put GOD out of our country, more and more of these disasters have happened.
Press 1 for english, etc etc. has got to stop. We need to remove the Congressmen that are responsible.
These firefighters are genuine heroes, we need to believe that they will be compensated, but we know that won't happen.
Please GOD bless America
Hawk

Posted by Hawk Smessaert July 10, 08 11:25 PM
222.

thank you !!!! Are prays are with all of you firefighter! god bless!

Posted by genamarie July 10, 08 11:33 PM
223.

I love you! Thank you for everything you are doing. Words cannot express!!!

Posted by Bill July 11, 08 12:21 AM
224.

As a retired FireFighter, I can appricate what those firefighters are going through.
Great job all you firefighters. God bless you. be safe
Nice shots too.

Posted by Ronald Kilby. Larkspur Fire Dept. July 11, 08 12:41 AM
225.

In the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley we are sufferine with the smoke but not not like those being evacuated and those who have lost their homes. God bless our firefighters and keep them safe.

Posted by Rita July 11, 08 12:56 AM
226.

The most awesome photos I have ever viewed. GOD BLESS the HEROS working so hard to save homes and lives...and hopefully wildlife!
#73 Jackie, don't you have anything better to do than to put your ridiculous comments here. You better hope you don't burn in HELL, because none of these brave firefighters will be there to put out the flames...as they will be in heaven!


Posted by Claudette July 11, 08 01:26 AM
227.

Everyone, lets not forget that in addition to the paid crews from the professional firefighting crews, the large contingent of volunteer crews out there, there also from the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, firefighters that are incarcerated camp crews. These are ladies and gentlemen, that albeit being incarcerated are risking their lives alongside traditional firefighters, and are doing everything they humanely can to save homes and lives. They are repaying their debt to society and doing it for a dollar an hour. So please take into consideration that we are all human and that person that may have helped save your horse, cattle, livestock or even just the family pet may be someone that you would at one point in time have said lock them up and throw away the key. So compassion is the key here

Posted by Paul Schafer July 11, 08 01:32 AM
228.

No one is asking help from the Fema group or wanting to come live in your area. No motor homes. God helps those who help themselves.

Posted by Marlene Bedwell July 11, 08 01:35 AM
229.

America's Hero's.....................Bless them ALL

Posted by Howard Shaw July 11, 08 02:21 AM
230.

the bad part of all these fires is when winter comes gawd when the rain comes everything turns to mud...it smells so bad...nothing like it...

the gals & guys on the lines we are praying for your safety...thanks for all you've done.

Posted by dale July 11, 08 02:31 AM
231.

#73 I'm sad for you - but I guess you have never been exposed to a wildfire.

The firemen are heroes and very tired heroes and almost all in California are very aware of it.

The pictures were awesome. Great photography but heartbreaking.

Posted by Nita July 11, 08 02:55 AM
232.

To all the Firefighters who put their lives on the line to save homes and lives, may God keep you safe and bring you home to the ones who wait and worry about you. Many thanks for your "Heroic " efforts. God's Speed.

Posted by Arlene Ross July 11, 08 03:55 AM
233.

Frightfully awsome pictures. May God bless the ones who are trying so hard to save the homes and the rest of the trees.

Posted by Marilyn Ross July 11, 08 07:58 AM
234.

Overwhelming to see these photos ------ God bless the firefighters and all who are involved in the fight; on the land, in the air, in offices co-ordinating the needed activities and people required to continue this fight. God bless the families who are looking at loosing all their earthly belongings. I pray every day for all of you.

Posted by Loisanne July 11, 08 08:21 AM
235.

Did not have time to read all the posts, However, the situation requires Thoughts and Prayers for those affected and those involved with dealing with it. As for the reasons they are complex but we live in an ever changing environment that has evolved with fire over the ages. As for our part........ well mismanagement is and understatement. We have all had our foot print on it. We have put up towns, houses and roads..... We have cultiveted, harvested, mined, grazed and trashed the entire area so what do we expect. As for doing what we can it takes money and lots of it to properly manage it for all the various uses and abuses. The only time the country seems to care is when there is a disaster. All I can do sometimes is shed a tear and do my best trying to fix it.

Posted by PJ Haenelt July 11, 08 09:22 AM
236.

Gotta love our firefighters!!! I know I do! I wouldn't put my butt on the line like that! God bless each and every one of them!

Posted by Linda Chadwick July 11, 08 09:36 AM
237.

These incredible images cause me to hope that somewhere along the line, someone in a government office wakes up and realizes that in no way does California possess the necessary emergency resources or equipment to handle situations like the one they are experiencing now. California has had ample opportunities to obtain the best gear and equipment for our firefighters, but they've always elected to spend the money elsewhere. Amazing.

Maybe one day all our firefighting brothers will be provided the best tools and resources that money can buy so that they can effectively and efficiently fight these incredible wildfires for us. Thank God they've got our backs because obviously, no one else does.

Posted by Mike July 11, 08 10:30 AM
238.

I am speechless. These men and women are true heroes. I pray for them and all the people who are in harm's way.

Posted by Esther Moran July 11, 08 10:33 AM
239.

God Bless our firefighters, their families, and the families they are protecting. May god be with all. No words can be said about the photos, WOW.

Posted by Dee July 11, 08 10:34 AM
240.

...et il semble que mère nature continue d'évoluer, bon gré mal gré.

Posted by J. A. Geoffrion July 11, 08 10:35 AM
241.

We are lucky that we have all these Brave Men to work hard for all of us in putting out the fires. May the Great Spirits Watch Over them and keep them save and protect them and make them STRONG.

Posted by Wil Garcia July 11, 08 10:43 AM
242.

How and why were these pictures publish by Boston- Whats wrong with the Ca
Governor? My daughertlives in Goleta and sent theses pictures.My heart hurts for all these people that have faced this disaster- The
govenor needs tp be replaced/ God Bless each amd everyone of you that have been thru this. My Blessings go out to you. Newspaper coverage in Ca. sucks.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. God will take care of you.

Posted by Nelda Caldwell July 11, 08 10:44 AM
243.

I live in Butte County up north of Sacramento and so far we are on Day 20 of fires. At one time we had 41 separate fires. Now they keep running into each other and changing names. Since our landscape in many areas is grass and brush with trees, the fire near Paradise burned all the small brush and scorched the trees. We had that pretty much contained the the wind shifted and it is going back toward the town. Sounds okay, but now the fire is crowning... leaping from tree top to tree top. Much of the work is done by hand crews as there are a lot of ravines.

49000 acres burned so far and an optimistic 45% contained... which changes with the wind. On top of that we have had temps of up to 110. Today is projected to be a cool 102. We appreciate all of the firefighters and are grateful that we are receiving help from other areas.

We are a small town area and don't have the resources to get the kinds of pics posted here, but at one time, you could look in every direction and see smoke and fires. Several communities have been mandatorily evacuated more than once. Since this is farm country, the evacuees also have to worry about their horses, cattle, llamas. etc. You may want to check out our three local papers: the Chico Enterprise Record (Chico ER), the Oroville Mercury Register (Oroville MR) and small town of Paradise - the Paradise Post..

Posted by Janet July 11, 08 10:54 AM
244.

I live in CA (normally) and can only wonder at the sudden prevalence of forest fires recently. We were almost evacuated in the fires in Fall of last year, and now there are these terrible fires in NorCal. What can I say but Global Warming?

Posted by Karina July 11, 08 11:05 AM
245.

#244

My heart goes out to the brave firefighters and the people who are impacted by this. Karina (244) can blame global warming for this, but wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem. The severity of these fires has been greatly exacerbated through the actions of clueless environmentalists who railed against controlled deforestation and brush removal at the expense of public safety.

Posted by Steve July 11, 08 11:22 AM
246.

My prayers are with all the firefighters and families Keep the Faith

Posted by Debbie Aasand July 11, 08 11:33 AM
247.

To Alfred McNeil, the best firefighter in the Rancho Cucamonga area of California...AND to all of his colleages AND to all of the firefighters who risk their lives to keep us safe.... I love you and thank you and appreciate all you do. It is a completely sefless effort to leave your families for days on end to do your work... risking your life and literally fighting rage and fury to save ours.
Not only have you taken the responsibility to be the safekeepers of your own homes and families, but by choice YOU have also become our sustenance and the reasons behind our very survival.
From this native Californian to all you... thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
geneva

Posted by Geneva July 11, 08 11:34 AM
248.

I take exception to Jackie's messge #73. ANYONE who put his or her life on the line for another is a hero. Manning a hose, driving a fire truck or just serving coffee to the fire fighters is a hero. Photos are outstanding and frightening. I pray they all get home safe and sound, hose pullers, truck drivers, etc.

Posted by Joan, Las Cruces, NM July 11, 08 11:36 AM
249.

God Bless our fire fighters, with out them we would burn to the ground. you always seem to be our first responders and the last ones out. thank you thank you for your sacrifices and hard work.......

Posted by C.McAyeal July 11, 08 11:44 AM
250.

I cannot imagine our world with out the firemen and policemen who risk their lives every day to save us all.

May your angels be with you, at all times, and thank you all for doing such a wonderful job of looking after us all.

A thank you does not hardly seem enough to say.

God please look after these hero,s of ours.
With out you brave souls, where would we be?

Posted by Myrt Bylica July 11, 08 11:45 AM
251.

My prayers go out to all that are fighting to save our forests - wildlife-planet - no job is too small when working as one for the good of the whole. My hearthfelt thanks and again my prayers for all.

Posted by Maggie Carlson July 11, 08 11:53 AM
252.

All of these wonderful, brave firefighters are in my prayers for their safety and success in extinguishing these horrible fires. I also pray for those who have lost their homes that they will be able to rebuild their lives.

God bless them all.

Posted by Mary Ann Talley, Katy, Texas July 11, 08 12:13 PM
253.

Having grown up in Carmel and Big Sur, my heart is broken to see the damage to this wonderful ancient forest where my family has so many wonderful memories. As well, my son and his father and extended family that live and work in Big Sur have all been affected by the fire. Pray that these very brave residents and equally brave and courageous firefighters stay safe.
How we can all help is firstly support the American Red Cross with any donation that you can muster and also, when the area is open to the general public again, please go and help rejuvenate the economy by eating and shopping at the many establishments so severely affected, this is essential. I have the utmost respect and am so proud of all those that have literally put their lives on the line to save one of the most pristine and beautiful pieces of heaven on earth. Thank you to all of them from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by Candace Cate July 11, 08 12:40 PM
254.

Awsome and frighful pictures. God bless the men and women who are willing to give there life for us.

Posted by Candee Ward July 11, 08 12:51 PM
255.

Anyone who has ever been near a forest fire can relate to these pictures. I was born and raised in Southern California and remember well the fires that would burn on the mountain ridges north of our home. We would watch in awe each time it happened. My heart is breaking when I see these pictures. Since my sister lives in Santa Barbara where on of the fires is burning, I can only pray that they will soon be under control. . . .we keep in constant contact with each other.

Thank God for our firefighters. . . .our hats off to you all.

Posted by Pennie B. Tabor July 11, 08 12:54 PM
256.

It has been 20 + years since I have fought forest fires in southern Oregon. The heat, smoke and fatigue are so apparent in your pictures! It brought back so many memories. My thoughts are with the men and women on the line. They are the everyday unsung heroes.

Posted by Kathy Sleavin July 11, 08 12:56 PM
257.

God bless all the fire fighters, businessmen and homeowners who must cope with this devastation! My heart goes out to all. Please pray that our Congressmen and other elected officials will come to grips with reality and use the vast technological resources already available, but not being used.

Why, oh why, do people build in areas totally surrounded by forest? If they choose to do so, they should be responsible for their own fire fighting. I love the forests and mountains but also realize the dangers of living in such places and the hazards they present.

Posted by Kaye July 11, 08 01:04 PM
258.

To my son Jeremy Martin, who is a 21 year old firefighter. He is in his second year as a seasonal firefighter in San Diego, Ca. I am so proud of you and your fellow firefighters. Everyday you all risk your lives to keep us safe. These pictures are a reality check. We complain it 's hot out side, but none of us have ever experienced the real heat, as you heros do daily. May god bless you all and keep you safe, till you return home to your love ones.

Love and Pray to you all ! !

Love Jeremy's Mom

Posted by Phyllis, Ca. July 11, 08 01:20 PM
259.

Scary, beautiful pictures. Brave firemen. But I can't help thinking about our soldiers at war and how much more support they would have, if we saw more of what they are going through everyday in the news.

Posted by linda aguirre July 11, 08 01:23 PM
260.

Kudo's to all the firefighters who put their lives on the line each day they are fighting the mighty fires!

Godbless and keep you all safe during your hard work.

Posted by Bill, Nipomo, CA July 11, 08 01:58 PM
261.

As a federal wildland firefighter for over 30 years out West, I say "Thank You" for your blessings and best wishes. We don't see ourselves as heros, just civil servants who are passionate about what we do. You the taxpayers are the heros- you pay your taxes with the faith that we who spend your tax dollars are making sound tactical decisions, that are efficient in the midst of chaos. I would encourage all of you to look into the details of the whole wildfire issue. It is a dynamic, costly endeavor, with immense consequences- both good and bad. I owe the honor of working with some of the best people, in some of the most beautiful country under the most unique of circumstances to you the American People. I would also like to thank the photographers for catching a glimpse of my life in living color.

Posted by Mike Benefield July 11, 08 02:05 PM
262.

great rise

Posted by Ahmad Samiei July 11, 08 02:12 PM
263.

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS AND ALL INVOLVED.

Posted by CHRISTINE July 11, 08 02:21 PM
264.

I really appreciate all what you fire fighters do for us. It is a reality check when we see pictures of our guys in yellow in action. Thanks for your efforts and support.


Posted by Kren Bishop July 11, 08 02:28 PM
265.

I pray that our Father above will send the rain these California areas need so badly. I also pray that our Nation as a whole will ask God to send the rain as soon as possible. Let it be known that One Nation under God can get positive results
by asking God for help. He loves us all and will respond.

Posted by Don Donovan July 11, 08 02:29 PM
266.

Help your neighbors at all times and clear the brush away from your homes. These picture's tell a very sad tale. Kudo's to our fire fighters. Amazing photo's.

Posted by Joan Malone July 11, 08 02:38 PM
267.

I wonder what God has in store for us next. May He have mercy on all affected.

Posted by Barb July 11, 08 03:02 PM
268.

Living out here among the surrounding fires, breathing in smoke filled air for the last two or more weeks, the one thought I have is ."When will it end"!!

Posted by Tammy Yeager July 11, 08 03:03 PM
269.

Not only am I impressed with the fantastic photography of these devastating fires and the brave firefighters, but also of the many comments that have been written on this blog. People really care. Let us all pray for rain in California to help put out these fires - a downpour like the Phoenix valley experienced last night.

Posted by Ken Kimberlin July 11, 08 03:04 PM
270.

the pictures are great
our prayers are with whom in danger

Posted by alireza July 11, 08 03:06 PM
271.

My heart goes out to these fire fighters. You can see it on their faces that the are totally exhausted, yet they keep on going. I pray that they will stay safe.
I also keep thinking about all these poor animals that call these areas their home. Perhaps many of the larger and faster ones can outrun the fires but many will suffer an agonizing death. And those beautiful forrests will take many many years to recover and the magnificent trees will be gone forever. Very sad.

Posted by Dipperlip July 11, 08 03:16 PM
272.

Seeing the photos here has stirred a profound emotional outburst matched by the outpouring of humanity risking life, limb, and health for the protection of fellow human beings. A true show of love in action... a reflection of our maker within the hearts of us all. Our true nature.

Posted by w.l. Baziuk July 11, 08 03:21 PM
273.

Hey comment #73.....Don't call the fire department when your house burns down. True heroes go running into your house when it's on fire to save lives FIRST and property secondarily. If you actually watched and talked with firefighters you will see that we give it our all at every incident....even if we are asigned for weeks protecting houses. It makes me really mad that such ignorant people as yourself are still in the dark about our true hero's in this word.

Posted by Greg July 11, 08 03:33 PM
274.

May GOD bless our FireFighters as they place themselves in danger for strangers. If your home did not burn to the ground it was because of dedicated and courageous FireFighters. As a Sergeant in the United States Army I salute you and your efforts. I served 2 yrs in Iraq. You are all my heros!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU
GOD WILL BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE

Posted by Deborah Patrick July 11, 08 03:54 PM
275.

These brave firefighters risk their lives so we can be safe. Frefighters, and coalminers have the greatest health problems. Let us use our budget billions wisely. Firefighters, and policemen (and teachers) should have the highest pay, greatest benefits, health care, and retirement.

Posted by Estelle Foster July 11, 08 04:11 PM
276.

Just so devastating. Seems so sad, we here in the Eastern US don't need the extra rain, certainly the midwest could care less about getting additional flooding, but the Western US is under a siege. In my 35+ years living in CA, we always had fires, but this takes the cake!

Posted by Fred Henke July 11, 08 04:12 PM
277.

As a native Californian, I find all of this heart breaking. All my prayers to our brave fiefighters. Medical Assistants and Peace Officers. To all those that have lost their homes my deepest sympathies and prayers.

Hopefully, this will awaken those having the power to make changes finally realize the importance of proper Land Management....time to properly care for our forests! Making this a top priority, too long ignored, should be uppermost in all of California.

When we can once again visit these incredibly beautiful areas we'll spend our
vacations helping them to recover and will return all the former beauty. All these photos are awesome and from here on will remind all of the tragedies that can happen if not properly cared for.

Sending prayers to all.......

Posted by Bree C. July 11, 08 04:30 PM
278.

To Jackie Comment #73
I hope you won't ever need to have one of these "non-hero's" run into your home or wherever you happen to be when a fire breaks out to save your life. God Bless the Firemen and the Police that put their lives on the line everyday they go to work to protect us. The risk of a building falling in on them is a risk they take every time they enter or climb up on a structure....needless to say going into a forest fire with trees, bushes and the ground that is on fire and trees collapsing all around them, flames that rush through the tops of trees trapping them....and then there is Jackie who does what......? Bless All of Them and their Families!!! I wish you all the luck you will need and Gods Blessings for your safe trip home.

Posted by Vicki July 11, 08 04:37 PM
279.

I live at Eagle Lake in North Eastern Ca, we had the Coral fire 10 miles from us and firefighters from Montana where stationed here in Spalding for almost 2 weeks. We here at Spalding are very gratefull to the firefighters for thier services and thier constant effort in keeping us informed. I work at the RV Park and they would come in daily to let us know what was going on ! How fortunate we where and are prayers go out to the rest of California. God Bless all the people involved with the job of saving our lands and homes !

Posted by Linda Santos July 11, 08 04:46 PM
280.

#73 you are a wimp.
These people CHOOSE to help those who need it. Basic ingredient for a hero. Your arrogance disqualifies you from this category. We shouldn't worship these people but manning a hose or driving a truck in any situation, especially in wildland terrain, is taking a very huge risk.

And please put up a big red sign on your home that says no hero's needed. I will gladly pass by and help someone who really deserves it.

Posted by mike July 11, 08 04:54 PM
281.

To Jackie Comment #73
I'm incensed at your comments. I have been trained in wild fire behaviour and fighting a wild fire is FAR more dangerous than a building fire. Have you hiked in mountains on grades of up to 50-60% carrying 50 pounds of tools, water, and fire protective clothing in 100+ degree temperatures 12-15 hours a day? If so, then you can say what you have said BUT I doubt you have. SO, please appreciate what these people do for other people and our natural resources.

Posted by Doug July 11, 08 05:00 PM
282.

God Bless all of those fighting these fires

Posted by Linda July 11, 08 05:03 PM
283.


Wow...what fantastic photo's. Our prayers are with the firefighters and people of California who are fighting and whose lives are in harms way.
Kathy from Oklahoma

Posted by Kathy Janes July 11, 08 05:06 PM
284.

My son is one of the fire fighters from Kern County, that first went to the fire lines in Northern CA on June 20th. After fighting on that fire for 2weeks was sent South to the Gap fire outside of Goleta and has been there with his men since July 4th.

He is a Captain with the fire dept and has been a fireman for over 20 years. He tells me this is one of the worst early fire seasons he has ever seen and expects it to continue until late fall, because California is so very dry.

Please pray for all the firemen that are out on the lines and their families.


Each of you need to be responsible too. Make sure that you don't do anything to add to the problems this year.

posted by R. A Brown Please don't use my full name.....

Posted by R. A. Brown July 11, 08 05:19 PM
285.

Great pics. God bless all the men fighting those fires.

Posted by Buzzsawshea July 11, 08 05:31 PM
286.

The picture of the air craftt close to the house shows the operator to be one hell of a pilot.

Posted by al herron sgt.USAF ret. July 11, 08 05:31 PM
287.

Amazing pictures. God Bless our Firefighters and also the National Guard now on the lines. Our prayers go out to you all. Between the floods in the Midwest, East and fires on the west what's next. Wake up America our Lord is talking

Posted by Jean Nowlin July 11, 08 05:35 PM
288.

We keep all of those who are fighting the fires and those who are supporting them physically and emotionally in our prayers. I live in Colorado Springs (originally from So. Cal.) and there is a memorial to firemen here. It shows it all. May the Lord protect and bless each one of them out there. The pictures are amazing. The courage even more so.

Posted by Cheryl Clement July 11, 08 06:12 PM
289.

God bless every firefighter!!!

Posted by Raytchell C July 11, 08 06:24 PM
290.

PRAISE & PRAYERS FOR OUR FIRE FIGHTERS AND VICTIMS OF THE FIRES

Posted by d. LATTER July 11, 08 06:26 PM
291.

Such a horrific disaster. I pray for all. God is good and I pray that he looks after all involved during this time.

Posted by Ken Bomalick July 11, 08 06:28 PM
292.

For those of us who are complaining about the smoke, these pictures of what the fire crews have to endure really puts things in perspective.

Posted by Norm July 11, 08 06:32 PM
293.

My husband has been closely associated and an active volunteer fire fighter here in Australia for 20 years.I am constantly amazed at the dedication and courage these guys give on a VOLUNTEER basis for the good of the community.Ive seen him disappear on so many special occassions including xmas day etc without even a blink when his pager is activated.
We can show respect to all of these committed fire fighters by putting into place as many fire fighting strategies as possible to prevent/minimise fire disasters.

Posted by sharon kirkham July 11, 08 06:34 PM
294.

Like the lady a fewcomments ahead of mine, I will never again complain about the smell of smoke from the Everglades Fires in Florida;which burns over barren albeit precious land in the Florida everglades; but I can't even comprehend those mountains of fire that do not allow a child to see the sun. My heart goes out to you in northern California,especially since my special friend and his family live in northern California. My prayers go out to him and all of those families that live there that they be protected by God's loving arms and that they be ever safe during these hard times and that those fires are soon snuffed out thanks to the ever heroic actions of all the firefighters! May God Bless them and their families too.

Posted by Millie July 11, 08 06:56 PM
295.

All I can say is WOW to # 73 Jackie. Someone must have put salt in her surgar that day she wrote what she did.
Any one, Firefighters, paramedics, sheriff, highway patrol, churches who have helped, Red Cross, schools, etc. Know that you are in a lot of peoples prayers because of all the good you do.
I worked Sept. 11th, true I was not in the buildings, but I had to try and help put peoples lives back together. So all prayers go out to everyone including #73 Jackie. Maybe it will soften her heart.

Posted by Pam Plank/American Red Cross-Lake County July 11, 08 07:11 PM
296.

I live in Northern California (Redding). I have experienced first-hand a mandatory evacuation while fire was consuming neighbors homes and buildings and black billowing smoke was everywhere, and two men who came to issue the evacuation order kept watch to see that our grass and trees did not burst into flames as I loaded my children and a few possessions into our car. Our home was spared, many of our neighbors were not so lucky. For 2 weeks after the fire we were visited twice daily by a firetruck and crew to check our property and make sure we were safe. They were ALL my HEROs...and I took every chance I got to thank them. I will never forget!! Now, once again, we are surrounded by fires. The beautiful mountains are blazing RED at night....it's quite a sight to see. My HEART is with the FIREFIGHTERS, and those who are suffering tremendous loss. You just can't imagine till you've lived it!!!

GOD BLESS the FIREFIGHTERS...the runners and helpers...the families...AMERICA!!!

Posted by Karen, Redding, CA July 11, 08 07:19 PM
297.

Amazing photoes, God Bless our fire fighters.my prayes go out to all of you that are helping out there,i am living in innsburck,austria (i use to live in california) and its very hard for me to see our jungle burning like this ,oh god please save our land

Posted by shirin July 11, 08 07:35 PM
298.

thank god for all the men and women that put their lives on the line each day here in america and around the world to keep us safe, you will be in my prayers

Posted by Barbara Costley July 11, 08 07:38 PM
299.


What would we do without our wonderful firefighters? God bless each and every one of them.

Posted by Terry Foose July 11, 08 07:58 PM
300.

I CAN';T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT FIREFIGHTERS. WE LIVE IN THE HILLS NEAR LAKE ELSINORE AND HAVE HAD 2 CLOSE CALLS HERE.
BUT THANKS TO THESE BRAVE MEN WE WERE SAVED.
GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND THEY ARE IN MY PRAYERS

Posted by ROSEMARIE July 11, 08 08:03 PM
301.

Courage, the ordinary man doing extradinary acts of bravery. Firefighters put their lives on the line everyday. Thank God for these courageous men.

Posted by m fus July 11, 08 08:04 PM
302.

I live in California and have witnessed the devastation first hand. When you are helpless and need support those firefighters and the Red Cross personnel are there to help. No matter what your station in life, this situation is very traumatic.
These people that put their lives on the line each day are heroes. They leave the safety of their homes to fight a fire and may never return. They are not doing it for gain or glory.
#73 what do you do? Would you put your life on hold to help others in California, or New York , or anywhere for that matter?
From your writing I think not. I hope you are never in a situation to need the help of a firefighter. I can assure you that your opinion would very quickly change if you were.
God Bless the Firefighters. They are heroes in my book.

Posted by Nancy - California July 11, 08 08:23 PM
303.

We are thankful for all the firefighters everywhere. We live very close to the gap fire but thankfully were not required to evacuate this time. Thanks again!!!

Posted by Beverly johnson July 11, 08 08:23 PM
304.

What totally incredible fire photos. we live in the northern ca area where the fires are happening. Today we have watched as the borate planes and helicopters have been dropping on the out of control fires. I was a forest service "fire widow" every summer. My husband worked on a fire crew for 27 yrs and it was always a great relief when he and the crews came home safely. Yes Jackie, no matter what YOU may think, firefighters ARE very defineitly heros and as someone has already posted I pray that you never need the help of a fireman while you are in the midst of Hell's fire, because all the fireman are angels and are already in heaven. My sincere thanks to all of you out there on the firelines and behind the scenes in operations, fire camps, transportation, etc, etc. The good Lord will bless and keep you safe!

Posted by diana July 11, 08 08:23 PM
305.

These are the braveest men alive.

Posted by greg smith July 11, 08 08:30 PM
306.

The firefighters are truly facing Hell right now, but there will be a special place for each and everyone one of them in Heaven. and to Jackie # 73, now that I have calmed down a little I say to you, "Christ's love creates unity in the midst of diversity". Quoted from the daily bread

Posted by diana July 11, 08 08:59 PM
307.

As a former homeowner in Carmel California, I have been very concerned about this fire in the Big Sur area. I anticipate moving back as soon as I can. I am both happy and proud of the people who are working so hard to make it possible for me to do so. God bless them all.
Dr. Hal Lockwood

Posted by Dr.Hal Lockwood July 11, 08 09:00 PM
308.

It breaks my heart to see the suffering from the fires.
The terrible fires at Big Sur are a personal tragedy for me.

Big Sur, the Big Trees, Pt. Lobos, Carmel ....this was the playground of my youth. My mother and I were native-born Californians dating back to the 1900's and mom had the opportunity of attending school with John Steinbeck. We spent each weekend fishing at Pt. Lobos, digging clams at Moss Landing, or having cook-outs at Big Sur.

Now I live in the Washington, DC, area, but my heart strays back to the wonderful time I had growing up in Monterey County and environs. This was HOME.

Words cannot express my sadness.

Posted by S. L. King July 11, 08 09:09 PM
309.

may GOD bless and protect these firefighters and bring these fires to an end.

Posted by Tony Oehlert July 11, 08 09:14 PM
310.

OMG these are awsome pics! this shows tht firemen rly do make a difference!

Posted by Tamlyn Schafer July 11, 08 09:35 PM
311.

90% of this problem could be resolved if we had not let (DNR) Department of natural resources & (EPA) Enviromental protection agency, stop under cover clean up. Because there is a frog or a bird we don't want to disrupt. by leaving this under brush lie there for years this is a fuse to light the big fire. We lost enough big beautiful trees to build some 10,000 houses + we'll never live long enough to see that beauty regrowen. Also we have these fire look out towers scattered all across the timber area, why is it taking so long to notify the fire department anymore, aren't there anyone manning these towers anymore. We are a world of educated no it alls with not a lick of commen sense. THINK ABOUT IT
well I didn't make the popular list , but the truth hurts HUH!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dave Renfrow Knoxville,Ia.50138 July 11, 08 09:37 PM
312.

hats off to all brave firefighters

Posted by Anonymous July 11, 08 09:53 PM
313.

May God Bless all. The Firefighters and the "lost homes people..

You are all brave and great for fighting sucha fire.

God will surly help you all.

Posted by Guy Arnold July 11, 08 09:56 PM
314.

Talk about going into harms way fighting for our country, they are right up there
with our service men, thanks and I prey for all their safety...George

Posted by George Miller July 11, 08 10:24 PM
315.

Fire fighting is such a dangerous job, my husband is retired fire now. We lived thru the California fires in the San Bernardino mountains and saw so many of our dear friends loose their homes. Firefighters are not only to help saves your lives but always their to help save your homes.Always give to the boot for donations it helps children and people who have lost everything. Take what you have extra to shelters or ask your local fire departments where you can help.
Keep your properties clear of brush and it maybe a home that our brave firefighters won't have to save.

God bless our firemen, our hots shots and our national guard !!

Posted by linda Anderson July 11, 08 10:35 PM
316.

These pictures are really awesome. One has to only look at the overall picture of life, God and one's outer & inner values before we can judge the overall affect this has on humanity. My prayers go to all of those who suffered or otherwise experienced loss in any way as a result of this tragety.

Posted by John Ravera July 11, 08 10:38 PM
317.

Thank you so much and may God bless you. My son works in Goleta. I can not say enough to show my appreciation.

Posted by Marilyn Martinez July 11, 08 10:49 PM
318.

These are amazing! words cannot describe the feelings I had when I was veiwing these photos...the courage of the firefighters, the destruction, the beauty of the devastating fires are astounding! may God give all persons fightind these fires the courage to continue and ppleaase God keep them under your wings., always!!!!

Posted by Peter S. Leon July 11, 08 11:38 PM
319.

Our son Mike left for calif with another blackhawk today to help with water drops and we pray for all of them that volunteer ,we also had the call from our church disaster teams but at 80 plus years i will have to pass but i sure feel for all of them that are fighting the fires and for the misery that cimes from the fires .Ed Medhaug Elgin Oregon

Posted by Ed MEDHAUG July 11, 08 11:38 PM
320.

As a former wildland firefighter those pictures bring back some memories. I've never seen photos that so perfectly match what the firefighters see and feel. It's in no way an easy job, hiking up steep mountains with 30+ lbs of gear and still work for 12+ hours. See I use + because nothing is certain, breaks are not certain nor is what your asked to take up the hill. I have many friends who are still firefighters and tomorrow are getting sent to CA to help in the efforts. Good Luck and be safe guys and gals give it hell, remember your 10 orders and 18 watchouts. To all those in Cali our prayers are with you

Posted by former NM firefighter July 11, 08 11:44 PM
321.

Ditto! Ditto! for all the praise and prayers for the fire fighters.
And ditto! ditto! for those comments related to the importance of proper forest management that puts human safetly before what is "natural". Go back and reread,for example, # 192, #245, and #311 to name a few. I think it is time for the Dept of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency to downsize their bureaucracies and start focusing on human needs and safety.

Posted by A rancher's daughter July 11, 08 11:45 PM
322.

The picture's are wonderful. My prayer's go out to all these fire fighter's enduring all this ash and smoke, God be with them and all the fallen one's. May God bless them.

Posted by Love and prayer's Karen in Auburn July 11, 08 11:58 PM
323.

Mr. Pulitzer:

Please take note!

Posted by Santa Barbara resident July 12, 08 12:06 AM
324.

Flexibility, Bravery, Strength, Stability, Courage, Tenaciousness, Giving Hearts, Kind Spirits, Professionalism, Knowledge, Selflessness = Firefighters!!! Thank you all from the heart.

Posted by Kim from SB County July 12, 08 12:18 AM
325.

And many thanks to the Boston Globe for the amazing photo gallery of the fires in our state!

Posted by Kim from SB County July 12, 08 12:27 AM
326.

I salute all of the firefighters from all over who are working so hard to save, save, save people, animals, homes and our beautiful California lands. The pictures are amazing, the one with the the airtanker "this far" from the home really puts it all in perspective. God speed to you all and get home safe. I live in Bishop, CA on the eastern side of the Western Sierra Nevadas and the smoke has made it over here too - the entire state is affected by all the fires ablaze now but we will prevail.

Yo Jackie #73 - do you think you may have pushed the WRONG button - YES! I do office administration work and I am good at what I do, but certainly do not consider my self a hero for doing my job. On the other hand, firefighters, policemen, and any other JOBS which face danger, injury, possible death DOES make then heroes - no matter what. You may want to revisit your mindset and reconsider your definition of HERO.

Posted by Dianne T July 12, 08 12:29 AM
327.

prayers to all the fire fighters. thanks to all of them. May god bless them and
keep them safe.

Posted by nicki July 12, 08 12:33 AM
328.

The 322 individual comments say it all. God bless them all, Admiral Wright

Posted by E. Alvey Wright July 12, 08 12:37 AM
329.

I live in the CA foothills & our neighborhood got evacuated on 7/30/07, a week after the large Angora fire in Lake Tahoe. It was one of the scariest times in my life! I shall never forget that color of orange/brown/gray ever! We have been breathing all of this smoke for weeks now from a couple of different fires. It is rare to see blue sky & the sun is always orange or red. I was in Monterey when the Big Sur fire was early on & it was raining ash on us. Here at home where I live, we constantly smell smoke & see ash on our cars. To all of you out of state, these pictures do indeed show you what is going on thoughout our state, but we still do have places of beauty so don't be afraid of coming & visiting us. It is a LARGE state & we'd still love to see you!

Posted by Cindy July 12, 08 01:01 AM
330.

These pictures are incredible....My parents lost their home in the 2003 California wild fires in San Bernardino, but I know firefighters did everything in their power to save what they could and I'm grateful to them for that. Today, I'm married to a Bay Area firefighter/paramedic/engineer and I'm so proud of him and what he does everyday to help complete strangers. Firefighters are many of OUR COUNTRY'S Biggest HERO'S, and my prayers go out to all of them.. Thank you for risking your lives for us everyday!! May God Bless all of you and bring you home safely to us. Love you Honey...Miss you..Stay safe.

Posted by h gundlach a firefighters wife July 12, 08 01:11 AM
331.

I have the deepest respects for all the firefighters that have helped preserve the the gorgeous Santa Barbarara Country structures that have been threathened by the Gap Fire. You are all to be commended for being apart from your families and putting your lives on the line in order to protect our beautiful city. Thank you and God Bless!

Posted by Nathaniel in Santa Barbara July 12, 08 01:14 AM
332.

what abouthe fires in no.cal.nobody thinks about them ,and they are just as bad maybe badder we need them out to

Posted by william July 12, 08 01:29 AM
333.

My heart goes out to salute these brave HEROES who have come from many states to help cntain the fires that California is faceing. It must take remarkable courage for both these men and women, AND their families to come out here and put all their effort and strength into fighting these monster blazes. Thse are the times when people can look at the people around them and see the best Americans have to offer- the caring, courage, and strength for others during times of hardship make this country a beautiful place to live. Thank you.

Posted by Karna July 12, 08 01:35 AM
334.

Great pics of the firemen! But I would like to see the Caltrans workers who are out there as well! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Treva July 12, 08 01:36 AM
335.

I used to fly the S-2 in the first picture back in the 1970's out of Hemet, CA. I was involved in the firefighting business for some 20 yrs. I,m now 81 yrs. young. My heart goes out to the pilots & the ground troops as they struggle to suppress the current onslought of fires currently burning. I pray for their safety & success. The pictures brought back a lot of old memories. I was a contract pilot through Hemet Valley Flying Service for CDF & USFS from 1968 through 1988.

Posted by Marvin "Rusty" Foster July 12, 08 01:39 AM
336.

Simply amazing photos !!!!

Posted by Anonymous July 12, 08 01:40 AM
337.

Picture #5-says he's covered in ashes. No he is not. Maybe a 2-3 days worth of hair on his face. He is a tired firefighter. My nephew is a firefighter fighting this fire. While my thoughts and prayers go to the firefighters, also, think of the many people who have lost their homes to this.
To: Bruce, you're an ignorant ass! What the hell has the fuel reduction or the accummatling of fuel have to do with this fire???????? Did you start it? It's Liberal people like you that try to start crap! I take it you're a DEMOCRAT. I also take it that you are a young person, if not, you better grow up and realize that this fire was NOT started by fuel reduction or the accumlation of it. Me, my husband, son and father are in the oilfield business........think before you speak, boy!

Posted by Debbie July 12, 08 01:40 AM
338.

We live between the Summit Fire and Trabing Fire in Santa Cruz County.
A number of people have been completely burnt out, and others have had
their property or water systems destroyed.
Local area Lions Clubs have been helping fire victims with restoring water and
other needed items. The firefighters have been doing heroic work and we want to hank them very much. This is the same area that had the 1982 Loma Prieta earthquake, but these fires are even more frightening. Thanks for all the concern.

Posted by Barbara Chamberlain July 12, 08 02:08 AM
339.

We had an occasion to experience the wild fire in the hills above Montecito in 1965. We have the greatest respect and admiration for the effort the firefighters and volunteers are doing to contain these divesting fires.
George & Georgia

Posted by George Cox July 12, 08 02:09 AM
340.

God Bless the fire fighters who are puttig their lives ot the tline for peoplle they do not know and probably never will know!
This is true blue Ameicans in action. God Bless the people who are losing their homes and every thing inside. I pray that I will never be put in a situation like this! My prayers are with them daily. Thank you and stay safe.

Posted by Charley Esch July 12, 08 02:27 AM
341.

Huge Kudos to all those very brave men and women that man the very dangerouse firelines for torturous hours.at a time in their attemp to save the homes and property of people unknown to them. theirs is the most dangerous of jobs and requires the utmost in dedication and compasion for their fellow man and the country they live in. There has to be a special place in Gods heaven for these individuals for their selfless ccntribution to society. God Bless Them all

Posted by Don Price July 12, 08 02:38 AM
342.

First of all to #73: I've read every comment in this long list. I was loving those who commented on your posting. There are way too many self-important people in this world and you are definitely one of them. I hope you never have a fire but maybe that's the only way you will see things differently and get into reality.

I am sitting in Omaha, Nebraska with more rain in the last few weeks than I can ever remember in my 61 years of life. We had no flooding here in Omaha but many issues in surrounding areas and towns. Natural disasters are difficult and can be devastating. My heart goes out to everyone in California affected by these devastating fires. Regardless of my inability to totally relate to what you are experiencing, firefighters in these situations are DEFINITELY heroes. And the National Guard, Red Cross and all of the thousands of volunteers that are there helping in any possible way they can are all heroes as well. Let's face it folks, it can't be done without any one of them. Not even one! If it weren't for these groups of individuals, we would all be in a very bad way. Don't think for a minute that the Red Cross wasn't here during the flooding in Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. And don't think for a minute that the National Guard wasn't here. They were and thousands of personal volunteers that just wanted to help. God Bless each and everyone of them in all natural disasters, not to mention 9-11 and those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. #73 must be so darn young that she has no sense whatsoever of what it took to build this country. There have been heroes all along the way. Without those selfless individuals, none of us would be here. Maybe #73 wasn't paying any attention during history class. She needs a heavy dose of reality and what it is to give to others when things are tough. I'm glad that I don't know this individual personally..........there could never be friendship with someone like that.

And yes, we would love to throw a little rain your way in California. We see all of it on the news. The photos on this site are incredible but they are the kind of photos that make you think and give you heartache. I simply cannot fathom doing that job in 110 degree heat with all of that equipment. It is similar to what our soldiers do in Iraq in that horrible desert heat. If these people aren't heroes in our world, then I cannot possibly know what is. They are my heroes........that's for sure.

Thanks to the photographer also to give us a true picture of what's happening out there in California.

My prayers to everyone affected by this tragic natural event. I continue to watch all of it on the news and keep abreast of the situation. We have had no rain for 3 days. Must be a drought coming! Ha! Wish I could blow those wet clouds your way. This is usually a dry time of year but everything here looks like Florida this year. Never seen plants and grass and flowers as big and green as this in mid July.

Thank you to all of the American heroes who are out there dealing with "bad stuff" in California and all over the world. You have my prayers and hopes to everyone being safe in the end and that everyone can return to their homes and families soon.

Char in Omaha.

Posted by Char Vaughn July 12, 08 07:50 AM
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Thanks a lot Joan, for sending me these awesome photos.

Being in a safe place (Brussels - Belgium), it is difficult for me to imagine the impact this fire has through California. The pictures I have just seen are very powerful,and have helped me understand how scary you and your family are these days. My best wishes for the future. (I wish I could send over some of the rain wish is currently pouring!) Denise - Belgium

Posted by Denise I. DHondt July 12, 08 07:50 AM
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I used to live in bakersfield,ca. I know what it is like out there. it is very hard to breath from all that smoke if you have bad health. i just hope it starts to rain out there and not stop for about a week.

Posted by Bill Macek July 12, 08 08:06 AM
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Why don't they use hoses (from the ocean), with portable pumps as needed (to sustain an ample supply of pressure) to bring water to the fire location? The cost of which, must be cheaper than the damage that is experienced each year.

Posted by Fred Regina July 12, 08 08:51 AM
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Remarkable photographs! Wildfires are a force of nature. Firefighters on the ground and air tanker pilots in the air risk their lives daily to protect us all. They need the best "tools in the firefighting toolbox" to fight wildfires. As a country we need more large air tankers and very large air tankers, like the Martin Mars fighting wildfires at Big Sur, P2s, P3s,Tanker 910 and Tanker 911, all types of helicopters. British Columbia is sending air tankers to help California fight wildfires now. Southern California will face the Santa Ana winds in September which always bring the threat of wildfires. California firefighters need to be prepared for more wildfires in Southern California.Photographs from the scene will continue to show us the dangers that wildfire fighters and air tanker pilots face daily. They all deserve our appreciation and support.

Posted by Tony Morris July 12, 08 09:08 AM
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A special prayer for all those fighting the fires and those in harms way.

Posted by Gail White July 12, 08 09:36 AM
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From the East coast of Florida, I am in awe of the terrible but beautiful photos. Fire like this is voracious and without conscience. It consumes trees, homes, but also animal life in its path. I am so sorry for the people whose homes are in peril, for those whose air is filled with smoke, and for the tired fire fighters. It is also encouraging to see the military aircraft assisting.

The next time fire fighters and police salaries are reviewed, I hope someone brings these photos to the table!

Posted by Diane July 12, 08 10:25 AM
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God bless all of you home owners and fire fighters alike. There is so much devastation in California and well as the mid-west states with the flooding and blizzards. Yet, all you hear about is "Katrina". It's time to move on and help someone other than "Katrina victims".

Posted by Jimmy Midgett July 12, 08 11:00 AM
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may god bless all the people who are involved in the oparation to put out the fire may god bless all the home owners its terabull what you are going through the photographs say it all may god be with you all
nicholas cox hull england

Posted by nicholas cox July 12, 08 11:37 AM
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Living in Mendocino County (where the county population is less than 100,000), and having almost 2000 firefighters here still fighting 43 active fires, down from 135, I am greatful to see those trucks roll into town. There are firefighters from all over California, the western US, Alaska, Hawaii, the Pacific Rim nations of Saipan and Samoa, Canada, and soon from Mexico. Unfortunately, 3 weeks after the lightning storm, it looks as if it will take another 3 weeks to completely extinguish the fires, and months restoring the fire breaks to ensure we won't have mudslides.

Hero has been used again and again...and my heros are the firefighters from my rural county. They were the focus of the NY Times article.

Posted by KK , Ukiah California July 12, 08 11:54 AM
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We here, in the Sacramento Valley, live in the haze and can smell the smoke that causes eye and breathing problems.....and still I can't fathom the HELL it must be for Residents and Firefighters. How much worse for them!! Firefighters are really brave and lay their lives on the line for others. Maybe we should remember this when it comes time to raise the saleries!? I PRAY GOD'S BLESSING ON ALL OF THEM.........RESIDENTS AND FIREFIGHTERS!

Posted by Mary Lou July 12, 08 12:16 PM
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You could never pay them enough.

Posted by David & Teri Martin July 12, 08 12:53 PM
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Amazing images, valor, devastation and written support. Safety for all and the needed supplies and rainfall are being prayed and wished for to bring an end to a horrific situation. Blessings to you all.......

Posted by Skye -- Colo & Ariz July 12, 08 12:54 PM
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I WAS VIEWING THE GAP FIRE FROM MY DECK JUST OUT OF SANTA BARBARA CA. i ALSO TOOK PHOTOS OF THE AIR CRAFT DROPPING INTO THE FIRE AREA MOST TIMES OUT OF SIGHT FOR SMOKE. THESE PEOPLE AS WELL AS GROUND CREWS SAVED SANTA BARBARA FROM A GREATER DISASTER. i ALSO HELPED SOME FRIENDS EVACUATE FROM THE DANGER AREA. GOD BLESS ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS FOR THERE THEY ARE ALL HERO'S IN MY BOOK!!!

Posted by George D. Repta July 12, 08 01:23 PM
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These are all God"s angels on earth fighting these fires, pray for them every day, and pray for all that have lost their homes and busines places, Thank you so much.

Posted by Jeannette Sallinen July 12, 08 01:36 PM
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my heart goes out to the fiefighters and god bless

Posted by leemillersegar@gmail.com July 12, 08 01:38 PM
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My respect to all those firefighters(women,men and Marines).I come from San Luis Obispo(live and work in Germany now) and know that every year there are widfires some set by man some by nature,but what they now have is really hard and without those brave people a lot of homes and lives would be lost.Like Diane said the next salarie review should be passed without a lot of talk.

Posted by Michael Fredriksen July 12, 08 01:57 PM
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The loss is indescrible. The dollar amount can never really be known. However, the one thing that I do know is that the American Red Cross is there to provide shelter, food, and help to those who cannot stay at home.

I urge everyone to send money to the American Red Cross. If you send it to your local chapter make sure they know you want your donation to go to the California Wild Fires 2008.

Posted by Elisabeth July 12, 08 01:58 PM
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thank God for firefighters & people that care enough to help
my prayers are with everyone there...including for the trees !!!
on a small scale, we should think of what we throw out our windows
(lit cigarettes etc) with all this drought......prevention

Posted by Olive July 12, 08 02:08 PM
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GIVES US ALL THAT AREN'T THERE, A PERSPECTIVE OF JUST WHAT THERE FACING. GOD GO WITH ALL OF YOU.

Posted by JL JOHNSON July 12, 08 02:26 PM
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I hope no one loses their lives, their homes, and their hopes for survival. these fires are horrible and our firefighters are to be lauded for their hard, hard work!

These pictures make one truly be thankful for what he/she has, and gives hope for all persons involved in helping those people.

Posted by Barbara Heisley, Greenville SC July 12, 08 02:33 PM
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you guys are the heart beats of america, and don't you ever foget that.
army
navy
air force
fire fighter
national guard and many others, God bless you. And many prayers to all the rsidents as well,

Posted by sherrie glover July 12, 08 02:48 PM
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# 73 I do not think we could ever use the word HERO enough. I am a former MARINE, fought forest fires while in the Marine Corps. Front line fighting happens in combat, and fighting fires, lives are given with out question, unselfish determination to right a wrong, thank God that most of us humans agree with this. We have been blest having so many Firemen, and Armed Forces to protect us from the destructive forces of nature, and disfuctional society's and country's. Only we can deal with the disfuctional thought process.

It goes with out saying " My herso's have always been Cowboys", and many more, could be a great Coutry Western Song.

Regards,
Uncle Leo

Posted by Leo Neeleman July 12, 08 02:56 PM
365.

A special prayer for all the families affected by this disaster, and God bless the fire fighters for their work.

Posted by Yolanda July 12, 08 03:04 PM
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And we thought for along time that CA would fall off the face of the earth by an earthquake----right----the fires will eat CA up before the earthquakes take it. How can the pictures be so beautiful but yet so devastating. All the firefighters/volunteers need the highest medal of the United States.

Posted by Arleen July 12, 08 03:06 PM
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After reading all of the messages, no one seems to put the blame where it should be. The environmentalists won't let the government clear out the underbrush and dead trees each year and thus there is food for fires when the hot time comes. It's a fact of nature. Why don't we tackle it before the fires start? Just a question! God bless the fire fighters and the military who put their lives in jeopardy to keep the fires from completely ruining our state.

Posted by Ruthie Langstaff July 12, 08 03:06 PM
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I agree that all the firefighters that are working on all these fires in California are hero's and unless you live near the fires you truly don't understand what they go through each day and night. I live in Northern California that they seem to forget about. That is from Redding to the Oregon border and to the coast of Eureka. We have been on alert since July,to be ready to leave and the smoke is awful, but not as bad as the firefighters and prisoners that fight too. I am talking about the fires in Redding, Trinity County, and Humboldt county. We get no coverage or credit for the great job these people are doing. The fires I am talking about are only 10 miles from our house, like the zilgler fire, Iron fire, and etc. Too many to name. I feel sorry for all the people who lives have been disrupted and those who homes that have burned. We also have lost two fire fighters that not many seem to think about. May God Be with their familes, My prayers are with all the fire fighters and people who are going through all these fires. I just feel like the ones that are really up North should be mentioned also. My grandson has been on the Hayfork fire for over a month now, My great grandaughter was on a fire but just got home. I am talking about towns like Hayfork, Willow Creek, Hawkins bar, Denny, Orleans, Burnt Ranch, Del loma, Cedar flat, Corral bottoms and more. Lets see some coverage on these fires they are just as big and dangerous and they truly are up in Northern California. May God Bless each and everyone who is working on these fires from the fire fighters to the cooks and so forth. May we see rain would be a dream come true, and no more smoke and no more fires. It just seems like Northern California don't exsist in the news and I know it does. Lets see some coverage on these fires also.

Posted by Melvina Rowland July 12, 08 03:17 PM
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my son is a volunteer fire man in Big Sur, i am proud of him and all the fire men

Posted by Camille Wernsing July 12, 08 03:23 PM
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Unbelievably awesome (in every sense of the word) photography! As a Californian transplanted to Georgia, I have frightening memories of fires shooting down the canyons, burning up the forests and evacuations on very short notice. We all need to pray for the safety of our very skilled firemen and the intelligence of homeowners to evacuate when they are told to leave. Stamp out those fires!
Posted by Joanna 7-13-08 in Savannah, GA.

Posted by Joann Weeks July 12, 08 03:34 PM
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They are really awsom! It is a shame that anyone could start something like this. We live in a district that is so vunerable. God be with us till the end of times.

Posted by Margaret July 12, 08 03:49 PM
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in canada and australia they clean forrest ground by doing control fire( burning dry leaves and grass prior to fire season,numbers of volunters boys and girl scouts particicpates in such activity ,do we runs any programme like this in ca?

my love to all brave hearts.

Posted by tatheer July 12, 08 03:52 PM
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My prayers go out to all those involved in fighting all those fires. That is a tough job to be in. Also my prayers go out to all those who are homeowners in danger of loosing property because of the fires. My dads house was also in danger and on evcacuation alert in the Kelso Valley area. My prayers are with you dad. Love you dad. His name is Tony Garduno in the Kelso Valley area.My dad was on the news channel 29 in the Kelso Valley area LakeIsabella, Ca the piute fire.I live in Bakersfield, Ca area. Tina Marie Flores

Posted by Tina Marie Flores July 12, 08 03:58 PM
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AS A RESIDENT OF GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (HERE IN THE FOOTHILLS) WE HAVE HAD SMOKEY, NASTY DAYS FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS. ALL I CAN SAY IS THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO ARE RISKING THEIR OWN LIVES DAILY TO SAVE THE LIVES OF OTHERS IS DEFINITELY UNCOMMON VALOR!!!! JACKIE FROM #73...I'D LIKE TO SEE YOU GET YOUR ASS OUT THERE AND SPEND ONE DAY IN THE BOOTS OF ONE OF THESE FIREFIGHTERS...THEN TELL ME YOU STILL DON'T THINK THEY DESERVE TO BE CALLED HEROS!!! YOU MUST BE A DISGRUNTLED EX WIFE OR SOMETHING...THANK YOU TO ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS, RED CROSS, NATIONAL GUARD & VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE HELPING WITH THIS HORRIFIC SITUATION...GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Posted by DENISE IN GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA July 12, 08 04:23 PM
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Magnificient Photos...Could feel the heat and smell the mesquite burning.

Ret'd FireFighter commenting............
To all of you that have offered prayers and good wishes to those on the "Line", I wish to personally "Thank You'. To the dissenters....you aren't worthy of comment.

Having fought "Wildland" fires throughout California, I have wittnessed the much tauted "Super Scooper" in action.....again.....not worthy of comment. After that dirty faced, snotty nosed and exhaused FireFighter, the "Second BEST" firefighting tool
in the arsenal is the "Erickson SkyCrane".

Posted by Chris July 12, 08 04:27 PM
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As a transplanted Californian, my thoughts and prayers are with the brave guys and gals on the line and those providing support and back-up. It's no easy job these heroes do for us, their communities, and for reasons unknown to the great majority of Americans, but to known themselves only. Yes, for a few, it's a job that many of us might say "Not me! No way you're going to find me out there!"

Thanks to our Creator that people of every stripe, color, ethnicity and religion can be here, working together on behalf of people they've never met and in places they've never been! And a special thanks for our helpers and volunteers from Australia and elsewhere!

Posted by Chuck Lord July 12, 08 04:35 PM
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My prayers go out to all of CA that are affected by these terrible fires, whether the home owners or the fire fighters, in whichever capacity they are serving. We have to believe God is in control though we may not understand the why's. I agree with all of the comments questioning management of our forests all over the country. I worked many years in the timber industry. There are bigger advantages to thinning than not even though everything "has a season".
It is sad to see the beauty of Big Sur country disappearing - though remembering in time, (maybe not ours) God will create beauty again in it's place.
Years ago I had family in Paradise (great-great's- Wilcox) and it is such a pretty little town. May He be with you all.
My sympathy goes to Jackie #73 - and her outlook on human heroism. It doesn't take a major catastrophy to create a hero - in our eyes, or in God's.

Posted by Janice Roberts July 12, 08 05:08 PM
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I pray every day for the firefighters and all those assisting them in every way........for God to be merciful to them and to those who have lost homes, animals, etc.

May the Good Lord grant new growth quickly o those areas that need it and may recovery be swift.

These fires should show all of us exactly what is important and what is unimportant...........Caring and aiding others is what is important may God help us all.

Posted by Sharon July 12, 08 05:53 PM
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God Bless these fearless men and women and the volunteers who aid them.

Posted by Teresa July 12, 08 06:10 PM
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Thank you for this opportunity to comment. When the chips are down some real heroes show up. We are not a victim of these fires but want say thanks to all of these firefighters, we cant thank them enough. May God bless everone of them.
E,J. Ross Roseville, Ca.

Posted by ejross July 12, 08 06:15 PM
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I'm writing from my home in Lake Isabella, just 10 miles from where the "Piute" fire began just two weeks ago. My home has never been in danger from the fires that have occurred every summer over the 34 years I've lived here. But I know several who have lost homes, and watched in fear as a fire surrounded our church two years ago. We wake up early every morning to the sound of the helicopters taking off to fight yet another day. We smell the smoke 24 hours a day every day, and have ashes "rain" down on us depending on the drift of the wind. The "Clover" fire began as early as May 31st, and we had the smoke from that during much of the time before the "Piute" fire began; yet most of the news focuses on the fires nearer to areas that have more homes threatened. That's okay....all areas affected are important. People matter, and property matters. The "Piute" Fire has now exceeded 35,000 acres....no small spot blaze.

I have grown to not be very tolerant of the heat, yet live in an area that regularly gets over 100 degrees during the summer. But every time I begin to feel sorry for myself, I remember that all those fighting "our" fire are also in that same temperature, but wearing all their gear and dealing with the added heat of the fire. I believe I can handle my discomfort just fine with them in my thoughts and prayers!

There are those who will gripe and complain about one part or another of all that goes on when we have to face fires. I feel sorry for them that they lack compassion and understanding and gratitude, and for that THEY are in my prayers! But I've made it a point (as have many others!) when I'm out and about in town to at the very least smile at the firefighters, and if they are in earshot I'll give them my thanks. A group of us out for dinner earlier this week even applauded a group of 20 firefighters coming into the same restaurant we were in...and recevied their smiles and nods as thanks for recognizing their difficult and heroic work.

Fire is awesome to watch, in spite of the destruction; these photos show both sides of that! But we'd prefer to not have the destruction so that we can have the beauty of nature to visit and leave, for a little while, the rat race of the cities. Our constant prayers are for the safety of those fighting and working in all of the many jobs needed to bring all of the fires under control. We may not always know the "why," but we can be confident on the "Who" ... God has a purpose, and we have to trust that He will work it out for good in His own way and in His own time!

Posted by M. Pierce July 12, 08 06:19 PM
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God Bless Our Fire Fighters,Our Military, Our State Troopers, Our Hiway Patrol, Our Law Enforcement and Our Families that are dealing with these fires.

Posted by Joyce Gonsalves July 12, 08 06:31 PM
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These photos are magnificant and really show other just how horrific the fires are God Bless and keep each and everyone one of the firefighters safe and take them all home unharmed. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND TO MOST OF US YOU ARE MIGHTY GREAT HEROS. Now to #73 Jackie, apparently you have never been in danger of any kind or to selfish, self centered and plain stupid to know a hero when you see and hear of one. I piddy you. I pray God opens the eyes of your heart and lets you see.

Posted by Barbara Barr July 12, 08 07:29 PM
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My brother, Grandson and Godson are all firefighters. They are the bravest, hardest working guys that I know. They have been working on the fires from the onset and even thought this is the worst fire season in recorded history, they still love what they do and wouldn't be any where else but as my grandson said. "just doing our job".. All of the firefighters are in my thoughts and prayers every day. I know they are being watched from a higher power and we appreciate the sacrafices they make to keep us safe here in Ukiah Ca. God Bless them all.

Posted by Julia Hicks July 12, 08 07:31 PM
385.

My heart goes out to the firefighters and citizens enduring this horrible situation. My biggest concern as a person with a Pulimonary disease, is what will these people who are exposed to this inferno be subjected to pulimonary wise in later years as they age.

God Bless each and everyone of them!

Posted by Kermit Kroyer July 12, 08 08:12 PM
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God bless all branches of the armed services that includes fire fighters and law enforcement .
All are true heros to me

Posted by Kam Gashgai July 12, 08 09:20 PM
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I pray for all those who have to be involved with these terrible fires. Our firfighters are our most precious resource in ours lands of fires, and other situations they get involved in. It's for sure they not only get involved in fires, but car accidents and other public problems.

Posted by Farrell Hoagland July 12, 08 09:49 PM
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GOD BLESS TO ALL THOSE PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE ... THEY ARE TRULY THE BRAVE ALONG WITH ALL OUR COURAGEOUS MILITARY! WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH HEROES AMONG US!

Posted by Norma July 12, 08 10:55 PM
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Here in Solano County, California we still feel the effects of the fires and smoke from all around us. This is our third week of smothering, eye burning discomfort but it is nothing compared with what the brave firefighters are going through. -- Thanks to the environmentalists who prefer to save a red-legged frog or a special tiny fish or other creature, this is happening in our state. -- Nothing was posted on the series of photos selected by the Globe (thanks, by the way, for doing yeoman service in the selections) -- but nothing was shown of the horrendous fire in and around Paradise, California, about 60 miles north of Sacramento. There is where relatives of ours live and are under possible evacuation orders. Today we learn that a resident has been found burned to death in her homr there. At one point in recent days it was possible that the entire town of Paradise would be consumed. -- A fire in the hills of the Napa Valley just west of us marched over the crest of the mountain range near our homes here in Fairfield, CA. The next day we saw a doe searching through burned grass and tree limbs, ostensibly looking for her young. How sad that it is happening, but perhaps it will be an awakening for the environmentalists at last. -- Bless our stalwart men and women who continue to service the firelines.

Posted by Ray Streib - Fairfield, CA July 12, 08 11:24 PM
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The pictures are awsome, but can't quite convey the feeling of being there. I faught the Romero Canyon Fire in 1971--- What an experiance. God bless all who are involved and affected.

Posted by Robert Johnson July 12, 08 11:29 PM
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I thank God for the men and women who work together so well when danger is near and threatening. This proves too me that we can work together and get many things accomplish. I do admire those who come forth to do this.
Why can't we do this in other important situations. Situations that threaten our very way of life ?No matter who we are.

Posted by Bob Winterholler July 12, 08 11:34 PM
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The pictures are amazing,and my heart goes out to all the firefighters who are fighting these fires. I'm sitting here in Paradise,cal,and the smoke is so bad you can't go outside. I know the firefighters will put it out soon. They couldn't put the planes up for a long time because of all the smoke. The pictures show just how bad these fires can get. THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS FROM ALL AROUND THE DIFFERENT CITIES THEY COME FROM TO HELP US. GOD LOVE YOU ALL.

Posted by Beverly Peeks July 12, 08 11:57 PM
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My prayers go out to all those firemen and women ! These fires have been
going on so long, thank the Lord for the Pacific Ocean. amazes me are
the people on the balcony of that house with the plane so close. The
pictures are fantastic. Like I read previous that someone mentioned,
Give thanks to every person that are battling fires. I did read that there are
women prisoners helping put out fires ! Hope they get time off there
sentences.

Posted by Joanna July 12, 08 11:58 PM
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holly cow!!!!
that was a cool pic
but my prayers go out to those people who lost there homes.
:(

Posted by K July 13, 08 12:05 AM
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Just makes you wonder if America weren't being illicitly run by a Plutocracy that is clearly hell-bent on hegemony and profiteering till there is no more oil - how many military planes might have been available to help fight fires. In addition one cannot wonder what the environmental effects off all this phosphorus chemical stuff they are dropping are? Well do you think people will wise up and quit rebuilding in fireprone areas? Not as long as we put huge resources behind saving their asses when fire strikes - Let it burn baby, just let it all burn and let nature reclaim some of this land!

Posted by Any July 13, 08 12:28 AM
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To Jackie #73,
My son Kyle just graduated from the 65th Fire Academy here in Sonoma County, Ca and is an eager firefighter ready to be called to duty. All the men and women who take on this profession are risking their own lives for others' lives and property. They do their job knowing the risks involved, never shirking their responsibilites.
The "Hero" moniker is given to someone who is selfless, is admired for his/her great courage and achievements. Thus it is appropriate to bestow that term upon this profession! It's use here does not diminish from others who also deserve the title.
To all the men and women putting their lives on the line my heartfelt THANKS!

Posted by Lyn Henderson July 13, 08 12:42 AM
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I ask for your prayers for the firefighters like my grandson from South Dakota who with his crew is fighting the fires in northern California
Thank you

Posted by Richard Crippen July 13, 08 12:47 AM
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I can't imagine how people are getting through all of this. The homeowners, the firefighters, all the forest..green lost, the animal habitat....such devastation!

Posted by Arber July 13, 08 01:00 AM
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Well # 73 perhaps you should take up politics, although from your comments it appears you may already have. There is still time and space for you to tell us what you have accomplished in life that qualifies you to make such judgments. For all we know you may well be more heroic than those you disparage. I spent several years as a volunteer fireman and I certainly was no hero but I worked side by side with those who were. Those you belittle are precisely what you say they are not, HEROES !!!

Posted by don July 13, 08 01:11 AM
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It's so SAD to see fires in my 'home' state where I grew up..my heart goes out to my fellow Californians and the firefighters who are bravely bracing these fires...

Posted by Susan Hubele formerly of Santa Maria, CA July 13, 08 01:14 AM
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THANK YOU

Posted by Anonymous July 13, 08 01:38 AM
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Why don't they put up towers with lightening rods?
Why don't they put up towers with lightening rods?
Why don't they put up towers with lightening rods?
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Posted by Tom Lynch July 13, 08 02:01 AM
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The best photo's I have ever seen. Thank God for these brave fire fighters. Don't know what we would do without them. Thank you!

Posted by Juanita Dockter July 13, 08 02:03 AM
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First and foremost, a most heartfelt THANK YOU to all the firefighters who are taking time away from their families to protect all of us.

Secondly, these photos are absolutely stunning. Thank you to the photographers for putting themselves in harms way so that we may safely see what is happening.

I agree with the person above who feel these photos are Pulitzer worthy.

Posted by Jill P./Santa Barbara, CA July 13, 08 02:33 AM
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Brilliant photos which really bring the tragedy home to those of us far away.

Alan and Maria Douglas

Posted by Alan Douglas July 13, 08 05:46 AM
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First of all, the firemen are in my eyes true heros. And the pictures are awesome.

I have read most of the comments and cannot believe nr. 73. It felt good to note that many other people felt like me about Jackies remarks.

I live in Belgium where we have had a lot of rain in the past weeks. If only we could invent a system to send part of our rain to California.

Anne Marie, Brugge, Belgium

Posted by anne marie martens July 13, 08 06:41 AM
407.

May God hear our prayers and intervene. I feel our end is very close. May we pray and love one another as never before. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. I feel led to relocate, but always to pray for what is happening. I live in Bakersfield and it is extremely hard to breath and stay well. May God bless and guide us all.

Posted by Shirley Folkner July 13, 08 07:11 AM
408.

Incredible photos and incredible men and women risking their lives to stop these fires. To Jackie, post 73, maybe you need to volunteer to help out there? To me a hero is anyone who performs a brave, selfless act in a time of need. These men and women fighting these fires go so far beyond that. I certainly wouldn't have the guts to do it. Maybe you would? To the fire fighters, stay safe. To the skies above, please shower them with rain.

Posted by Linda July 13, 08 07:34 AM
409.

Santa Barbara, and Goleta is my home. Although I live in a different state now, I still have a lot of family and friends there. This is very saddening and concerning for all who live out there in our beautiful state of California. Our prayers go out to you...

Posted by Emine Fougner July 13, 08 09:03 AM
410.

I have traveled extensively throughout the Sierra Nevadas and find all this turmoil heartbreaking. My prayers are with all the people in the path of these fires.

Posted by Ricky D. Beck July 13, 08 09:14 AM
411.

THANK GOD FOR THESE GUYS. THEY DO A TERRFIC JOB.

Posted by NECA DAVIS July 13, 08 09:41 AM
412.

All of the fires are just so devastating. Very brave firefighters. Our prayers are with them as they risk their lives fighting for the people of California.

Posted by Nina Smith July 13, 08 09:57 AM
413.

Incredible pictures..such a tragedy....thank you

Posted by Corrine July 13, 08 10:08 AM
414.

It's what we do...........What a great job I have serving others..................

Posted by Richard Albee July 13, 08 10:28 AM
415.

THANK YOU !THANKYOU!

Bcause i realy wanted to thank all the fier fighters i took a thank you note and cookies to our local fier department. for always keeping us safe.My prayers go to all fier fighters MEN and WOMAN GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Yvonne Johnson
Pismo beach ca

Posted by yvonne johnson July 13, 08 10:31 AM
416.

I haven't seen but one comment addressing the fundamental problems....
1. TOO MANY PEOPLE.
2. Real estate developers pushing to develop land that is risky.
3. Politicians and realtors over-riding land use and community planners recommendations.
It is too bad these amazing fire-fighters, wearing heavy, hot uncomfortable gear and having mainly seasonal jobs, are having to defend multi-million dollar and second homes.
It is about greed, male sexual egos (afraid of vasectomies and condoms) and short-sightedness. When will they ever learn? When will they lear-r-r-r-n?

Posted by Leila July 13, 08 10:45 AM
417.

My daughter sent me these really incredible pictures..my prayers go out to her and her husband and also my son who are dedicated firefighters there..may they return home safely to us..and prayers to the folks who lost their homes..

Posted by Joyce Stanfill July 13, 08 11:19 AM
418.

It is nice to know that in time of crisis we have Americans helping other Americans. What a refreshing relief from Republicans and Democrats blaming each for what has gone wrong in this country. Thank goodness we still have heros standing by our sides.

Posted by William W. Wilson July 13, 08 11:39 AM
419.

My older brother flys the fire planes and he really gets the ladies , guys if your looking for a line of work that can reel um in this is it.

Posted by Andy July 13, 08 12:21 PM
420.

Isn't it the environmentalist that are to be blaimed for the countless fires in California. If the forests could be cleared of all dead trees and the remaining ones thinned out, the threat of fires would be greatly deminished, I know most lightning
fires would be considered an act of God, but aren't humans responsible for
allowing the extra fuel for these fires.

Posted by Neil Powers July 13, 08 12:28 PM
421.

The most horrendous sight is the destruction of our forests. It has an evil life of it's own and it destroys all life that lives within the forests. My Province was ablaze just a few years ago. Homes and communities were either destroyed or heavily damaged. I understand there are some of my countrymen in California, assisting our cousins. Forest-fire fighters certainly have hero status. My prayers go out to those living within the grasp of this fire.

Posted by Marcia Clarke, Vancouver Island, BC Canada July 13, 08 12:31 PM
422.

IE: The GAP Fire, Goleta, Ca.

Just thought I share a little special note to ya’ll.

While all those brave fireman are sitting in their pavement queens (Regular fire trucks sitting in someone’s front yard) collecting OT for 24 hours doing nothing and you are sitting on a fixed post or road block taking the rath of the public trying to understand why they are being kicked out of their homes when the fire is miles away take note.

You will never see a sign that says “Thank-you Law Enforcement” for protecting their empty homes from looters or thieves. Fire gives us the notices of the areas they want evacuated and we go out and do want they want, then who has to answer numerous times as to why? Not Fire, you do. The public only sees you kicking them out of their homes while fire drives by with lights on looking like Hollywood pretending like they are battling the big bad flames. The media glorifies them as if they are working none stop days on end or just listen to their PIO talk about the valiant effort they are doing to save thousands of homes. If the weather conditions were different the brave fire fighters would have turned around and headed for the beach. Remember Painted Cave? Fire goes were it wants, it’s dependant on the weather conditions. It’s actually the weather that makes them look good. Maybe they will make a movie about these heroes’s. What a crock. If the public only knew the truth about how these types of fires where fought or how the fleecing of public funds were taking place maybe it would be different story.

Remember, you guys and gals are the true hero’s you don’t ask for media attention you don’t need to call a Code 20 on every call to show the public you are doing the job they pay you to do. True hero’s don’t look for or ask for attention.

Brush crews and air support are the work force...


Posted by Scott July 13, 08 12:59 PM
423.

From a Brit ,Who see the Yanks going on bombing raids from UK to Germany I was amazed at how cool these guys did the jobs and truly amazed then . as I am now how they just get on with it , Your country has plenty to be proud of , Good workers , good soldiers , Air men ,and yes fireman , and a country that gives them the tools to do the job , Bless all Americans ,

Posted by Douglas Gordon July 13, 08 01:21 PM
424.

I LIVE ON THE EAST COAST AND COULD ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THESE FIRES
WERE LIKE!

SEEING IS BELIEVING!! AFTER SEEING THESE PICTURES, IT MAKES IT SO VERY REAL AND MUCH MORE DEVASTATING THAN ONE COULD EVER IMAGINE.

KUDOS TO THE WONDERFUL FIREMEN, AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY THESE FIRES!

Posted by JUNE, DI July 13, 08 01:28 PM
425.

My heart goes out to all those fighting those fires in CA. and to their families, as well. To those losing their homes, I can only feel deeply for them, and hope we never have to experience any such tragedy as I am not sure how one can handle such a thing. God bless all of you and hope all this destruction will end soon.

Posted by R.A. July 13, 08 01:32 PM
426.

Thank you to -most- of the posters here who DID NOT use this as some
forum to bash environmentalists!

These fires would have happened no matter what was going on politically!

We have forests. Forests are gonna burn wether 'managed', 'cleared', or anything else.
There were THOUSANDS of lightning strikes, in a very dry time. NOTHING could have stopped this. THANKYOU to those risking their lives to save our lives, animals, and homes! PLEASE support the animal shelters too!


Posted by JimK July 13, 08 02:14 PM
427.

The firefighters are doing a great service and I support them 100%...Keep up the good work all of you...

Posted by Betty July 13, 08 02:38 PM
428.

I lived in California for 34 years and know what a tinder box the entire state can become in the summer. How sad it is that one of Mother Nature's wonderful possessions can become such a harmful tragedy.
My heart goes out to those that live in the path(s) of Mother Nature's fits.

Posted by Don Heflin, CalTrans-Ret. July 13, 08 02:43 PM
429.


PLEASE LORD SEND RAIN..WE HAVE PLENTY TO SPARE IN IOWA.......

Posted by charles schroeder July 13, 08 03:09 PM
430.

My prayers for the young men and women in the throes of these many fires....for their success and their safety. Amen

Posted by Sue Dumas July 13, 08 03:55 PM
431.

We have to understand that inmates at California state prisons consider it a privilege to become a fire fighter. Many of them train, and go out to fight fires while they are in prison. They deserve some credit too.

Posted by Frank July 13, 08 04:05 PM
432.

God bless the firefighters who put their lives in jeopardy to protect us and our homes.

Posted by Lisa July 13, 08 04:25 PM
433.

BEING A RESIDENT IN GOLETA (Santa Barbara County California) AND LIVING RIGHT OPPOSITE THE HEADQUARTERS AND CITY put together FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS I HAVE COME TO LOVE THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES IN DANGER EVERY DAY TO FIGHT THESE FIRES AND HELP SAVE OUR HOMES AND LIVES. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO TELL THEM HOW MUCH THEY ARE APPRECIATED FOR ALL THAT THEY DO. THANK YOU SEEMS JUST NOT ENOUGH. THANK YOU HAS TO SUFFICE. WE REALLY ARE VERY THANKFUL TO ALL OF YOU AND THE PRISONERS TOO THAT ARE ASSISTING YOU and everyon else that has helped.. This thank you and gratitude comes from all over the world from the Foreave Stars International Enterprises to you all. 7/12/08

Posted by Dan, Idonarose, Arthur and Janet Reavell Orr July 13, 08 04:33 PM
434.

They say that hindsight is 20/20. Firstly, let me say my heart goes out to all the people who are involved in this inferno but we "asked" for it. Back when there was just Native Americans inhibiting the area, they would just let it burn. The result was that the undergrowth and downfall would turn into carbon, feeding the big trees and providing food for the animals which providing food for them. Because the tinder wasn't allowed to accumulate (by Mother Nature), the fires just rushed thru. Cleaning up, so to speak. And, in fact, protecting the old growth. These days, the "hands off" attitude of the Powers that be only contributes to situations like this "hell on earth". Dying and downed trees, for starters, could be harvested and sold to subsidize the Parks and Recreation Department, for example. I'm not naive about the logistical problems but balance the costs against what is happening now. I recall, back in the '80's, a local park brought in a herd of goats to clear out the undergrowth ! Isn't "an once of prevention worth a pound of cure" ? Were the "primitive" Native Americans smarter than our "advanced" society ? And, finally, should we give thought to the request of "paper or plastic" ? Global warming doesn't help the situation................

Posted by Ron Hamilton July 13, 08 05:08 PM
435.

To all the firefighters:
You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Be safe & look out for one another

Posted by Tony July 13, 08 05:53 PM
436.

being a photographer,these shots are awesome.Great job to all the photographers,who risked their lives to get these shots.Good job everybody.

Posted by jon koyasako July 13, 08 06:00 PM
437.

Iowa is trying to shoo the rain back, but it seems to have a mind of its own.

By the way - thank you, Brit... and 'God Speed' to all you 'Limies'.

Posted by Twig July 13, 08 06:33 PM
438.

Our sincere prayers for all those involve in fighting these fires , as well as those sufferings, especially the ones that lost their properties.

God, Oh God!!! Please help now NOW!

Posted by Andy Roselada Jr. July 13, 08 06:45 PM
439.

Although the photos are amazing (to say the least), they break my heart. I live in Sacramento and we have not seen the summer's blue sky in about a month now. We are not complaining about the bad air quality, the stinging eyes, the "muggy" air, etc. as we are all painfully aware of what has caused the smoke in our skies. EVERYONE (firefighters, volunteers, contributors, Red Cross, etc) is to commended for their valiant efforts to save our state - this is not a political issue, this is not the place for anyone's "soapbox" - it should be simply stated 'THANK YOU" to everyone involved from those of us who appreciate you every day and wish there were more ways to show you than this small comment.

To Jackie #73 - bet you wish you had kept your comments to yourself, huh?
To Debbie #337 - again, this is not a political issue - this is a tragedy, plain and simple - let's recognize it for what it is and GOD BLESS those "HEROES" working hard to keep it under control.

GOD BLESS AND YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS!

Posted by Terry Huffman July 13, 08 06:50 PM
440.

fantastic photos of the Gap Fire. Its not just the guys on the ground and in the air, its the folks back at the command post making it so things can run smoothly on the line. I'm excited that the rehab team is going to start on west camino cielo soon. The fire got to about 1/2 mile from my house and i, as a volunteer firefighter watching the whole thing and interacting with those deeply involved have a lot of respect for everyone on the line down to the prison crews.

Posted by arion larsen July 13, 08 07:24 PM
441.

Thank you courageous firefighters - I think of you and of those who lost their homes as I write this message from mine in Sonoma .. We are all indebted to you. Janet

Posted by Janet Wentworth July 13, 08 07:32 PM
442.

Fantastic Photographs!
We here in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Nevada County have a lot to be thankful for...Great Firefighters, people who DO keep their land cleared according to CDF. Our prayers go out to all of the firefighters who are keeping us and our properties safe.
Thank you.

Posted by Sierra Lady July 13, 08 07:41 PM
443.

As the parents of a son who lives in Santa Barbara, we can see what he must hve viewed. How can such a beautiful thing be so awful?

Posted by Harry July 13, 08 07:49 PM
444.

THANK YOU!...good pics + good work!
MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU THERE!, in spite of all this...

Posted by Laurren Younger July 13, 08 07:52 PM
445.

AT ONE TIME OR THE OTHER, SOME OF THESE FIRES WERE TO THE NORTH, SOUTH AND EAST OF WHERE I LIVE HERE IN SANTA CRUZ. WHICH LEFT US AN ESCAPE ROUTE OF WEST....THE MONTEREY BAY. HERE'S TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE ON THE LINES SAVING US AND OUR PROPERTY. HERE'S ALSO TO THE ECO-EXTREMEST WHO PREVENTED THE CLEARING OF BRUSH LEADING TO CONDITIONS LIKE THESE.

Posted by JOHN MAZZEI July 13, 08 08:18 PM
446.

YOU ARE THE GREATEST FIRE FIGHTERS CALIFORNIA AND FROM ALL OVER, THANKS TO YOU FOR BEING THERE ALWAYS. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE, THANKS TO THE FAMILIES THAT ARE DOING WITHOUT THIER LOVED ONES WHILE THEY SAVE OTHERS. IT'S OVERWHELMING THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN SELECTING TO BE FIRE FIGHTERS KNOWING ALL THE RISKS AND STILL JOIN THIS PROUD AND DEDICATED PROFESSION. IT'S APPRECIATED, YOU'RE RESPECTED AND LOVED!!!!!

Posted by Darlene Klein-Tylman July 13, 08 08:31 PM
447.

I pray many silent prayers every day for our dedicated fire fighters and for all of those people affected directly by this disaster.I smelled the smoke in San Francisco on several days and it made me feel very sad for all of them.

Gpd Bless you all!

Posted by Suzanne in San Francisco July 13, 08 08:32 PM
448.

This is so terribly sad for California. Praying for the safety of the firefighters, home owners, rain, cooler temps and more resources to fight these fires. Thank you to all who work so hard!

Posted by Pam Hatcher July 13, 08 08:35 PM
449.

My prayers are with all the men and women fighting these fires and also the people that are affected by them

Posted by Sandi July 13, 08 08:43 PM
450.

Heartfelt thanks to those on the firelines. We can't possibly know how hard you are working to protect our lives and property.
Fantastic photo coverage!

Posted by Roger E. Sandberg July 13, 08 09:16 PM
451.

Hi captin Robinson (DAD)we miss u come home soon its almost your birthday be safe love u bye:) :) :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jessica Robinson, Darla Robinson July 13, 08 09:38 PM
452.

thanks for the great work you people do out ther for all the peoples housess that are in trouble and god bless all of you out there

Posted by j.jones July 13, 08 09:41 PM
453.

My Prayers to all involved !!!

Posted by Helen Sanford July 13, 08 09:57 PM
454.

Thank you so much and God's speed.

Posted by Vanessa Fujimoto July 13, 08 10:20 PM
455.

I just got to back to Los Angeles from a 5 week camping trip with my parents that spanned from Utah up to Oregon, mostly staying along the coast in Cali. We saw numerous fires along the way and the amazing response and resolve.
Watching a helicopter get water from the river in the Humboldt Redwoods.

I saw fires and smoke from Oregon back to LA. All the way I thought I you.

Thankful, to you that risk the most to save those that are in need. You all have my respect!

Posted by Joshua Frank July 13, 08 10:32 PM
456.

We must all remember that today it is California burning, yesterday it was New Orleans under water, what tomorrow brings only God can tell.

Posted by Bob Cuillerier July 13, 08 11:06 PM
457.

First, to # 73...GROW UP!!!! Let's see your home and everything else you own go up in smoke because you think those brave people aren't heroes!!! If they rushed in and saved it all for you, I bet your story would change. If it didn't, then I'd like to see it burn, baby, burn. My nephew is a fireman from So. Cal. and has been shuffled around from fire to fire the past month. He has slept in the truck, on the ground, or wherever he could lay his head. He has gone days without a hot shower or a shave, no homemade meals,no phone calls to or from home, but he loves his job and wouldn't trade it for the world. My mother lives in Lake Isabella, just 5 miles from the Piute fire. The past 2 weeks I have been there with her and have seen the myriad of firefighters form all over the United States. Alaska, Colorado. both Dakotas, Oregon, Washington, Louisana, and Kentucky as well as firefighters from all of California are just some of the places I have seen that have sent their brave men and women to help us in our time of need. If you ever want to thank them, I found out that what they really would like are some home made goodies. I made 10 dozen cupcakes, and took them to the local grocery store/restaurant parking lot. Those things were gone in heartbeat amidst thank you's coming out of cupcake filled mouths. If I could have, I would have opened up our home to all of them for a hot homemade meal and a hot shower. Seeing as how that is impossible, I have to settle for knowing a simple cupcake sufficed. So keep that in mind, next time yu want to do something special. Yes, they do appreciate thank you's and a hand shake too. I consider them ALL heroes. I also don't think they get enough pay for what they do. I know I wouldn't want their job. Thank God, they have chosen to do it. So to all the families of firefighters, a giant and heartfelt THANK YOU for sharing your loved ones with us . They make a difference in our lives. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

Posted by Rosalee A. Guerrero , Inyokern, California July 13, 08 11:58 PM
458.

May God bless all the brave firefighters who are defying the danger of a forest fire to keep the fire from spreading throguh a populour community. They are all great heroes wanting to save lives of many who are at the brink of such a humongous disaster.. We pray for their SAFETY.

Posted by Shirley L. Pastrana July 14, 08 12:03 AM
459.

MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL AFFECTED BY THE FIRES,,,,,,I HAVE MANY PRAYERS ACROSS CANADA AND THE U.S. IN THE HOPES THE FIRES WILL SUBSIDE OR PERHAPS A WONDERFUL BIG RAINFALL WITH NO LIGHTENING,,,,

Posted by shirley wood July 14, 08 12:10 AM
460.

hi my name is cristi my husband is one of the firefightsers who is down their right know he and other people thats on our crews always my heros and thank god that their people who want put their lifes out for other people and one of them is my hubsand no one understand untill have a family member who out their put their lifes on danger for other pople lifes i wanted to thank you all for all your supposrt for all our fire fighters thank god bless you all
firefighterwife oregon

Posted by cristi July 14, 08 12:25 AM
461.

Unbelievable, I totally agree with the first comment. That was the photo that caught my attention immediately.

We are praying all of you who are affected by these fires.

Posted by Zach July 14, 08 01:45 AM
462.

Thank you for the photos and promoting our awareness of the problems and the people who put their lives on the line to help. "Jackie" (No.73) may want to extend those views to the family of those who have died fighting fires or while simply helping others wherever or however possible. Not every hero makes the news..

Posted by Chuck July 14, 08 01:51 AM
463.

The first picture is a Navy S2. I flew them off several aircraft carriers back in the late 50's and early 60's in VS-31 at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island.. They were called S2F's or "Stoofs" at that time. The one in the picture is a propjet - ours had Wright 1820's. Great airplane, and I have lots of pictures of carrier operations that I took myself. I loved flying it and I'm sure it is a great fire fighter.

Posted by Dick Blizzard July 14, 08 02:02 AM
464.

Being a retired City Firefighter, sometimes we don't realize the dangers and intensity of a wildfire. Fire kills and fire consumes, nor matter where. I salute these people for their dedication. They love what they do, but they are only human.
The people should recognize that, when times are quiet, and they ask for equipment and benifits.

Posted by Al Cerrato July 14, 08 02:11 AM
465.

Thank you #457 for your kind comments and for giving our guys cupcakes and encouragement. My hubby is retired now, thank God, and he would agree with you on how much it is appreciated when someone gives them goodies and a heartfelt thank you. They run into the fire when everyone else is running out.....kinda crazy, but they do love what they do. We wives are always proud of our heros.

Posted by Mary July 14, 08 02:57 AM
466.

I live in Santa Barbara and remember well, the Painted Cave fire in 1990.
The reason for the Gap's high priority is clear, The possibility of the wind kicking up (sundowners) could push the fire down towards the city.
It happened before, jumping highway 101 with the wind and embers. Nobody could have stopped its flight then when it burned over 400 houses.
Thank you all for your prayers, I believe they were all answered by an awesome God who stilled the winds that week.

Posted by Terry Calbow July 14, 08 03:14 AM
467.

We've seen so much ash in the past year that maybe we have all gone to Hell. And Jackie, think before you speak!! Heartfelt prayers to all of the firefighters that helped save our homes!!!
To whom ever started the GAP fire... Jackie would like to have you over for dinner.

Posted by Sherry & John from Goleta July 14, 08 03:53 AM
468.


Some of these are amazing pictures, unforgettable images of bravery and tenacity in the face of a natural disaster. In England we are sheltering under grey black rolling clouds and the heavens weep every hour or so. The temperatures here are cold (50 degrees). We could perhaps exchange some weather.

Things will improve and the land will repair itself as though nothing had happened, but there was a lot of bravery shown here and that should not be forgotten.

Posted by Nigel Turner July 14, 08 07:03 AM
469.

Wild fires are part of natures plan to keep the ground clear of small growth and keep the tall, healthy trees going strong. When we build in areas with this low growth, we risk this happening. I have seen major fires in Yellowstone and in many parts of isolated Canada areas...the fires burn and burn and burn and within a few years are back in healthy shape.

God Bless

Posted by Smokey the Bear July 14, 08 09:48 AM
470.

I live in Santa Maria, Ca. Our airport SMX is where most of those retardent aircraft are refuled and reloaded in approximately 20 minutes. the bigger DC-10 files out of a airport in the desert which has a longer runway which can accomidate the bigger airplanes. We can all be very proud of the job our men and women firefighters and aircrews and pilots who fly this machines, some old converted Navy planes from 30 years ago. We can also be very proud of our men and women in uniform who are flying those helocopters dropping water from oceans lakes and ponds on these fires. Also many thanks to our National Guard that have been called to active duty to fight these destructive fires. May God Bless all these individuals and continue to watch over and take care of these wonderful and deciated individuals.

Posted by Don Smith July 14, 08 10:49 AM
471.

GOD BLESS all the fire fighters helping to control the California Wild Fires, GOD SPEED.

Posted by Melissa Jensen July 14, 08 10:53 AM
472.

America, America, America, One tradgedy seems to happen after another. I can only imagine the devistation these people must feel after losing everything. I am extremely proud of all our Fire Fighters, Police Officers and Forrestry People. There are a lot of brave civilians helping the cause as well. Americans have a lot to be proud of. In times of need America pulls together as if we are one unique Family. Thank God for all the good people we have in this Country. God Bless them all.

Posted by John Giardi July 14, 08 11:32 AM
473.

I will email these pictures and comments to friends of mine that live in Southern California.....they will be awe struck, if they haven't seen these pictures. I praise the firefighters from whereever they live and work. These are the most awesome fire pictures that I have seen.

Posted by Herb Aldrich July 14, 08 11:42 AM
474.

Pretty amazing of pics of these fires. I couldnt do that job. Hats off to all firefighters

Posted by Eric July 14, 08 11:52 AM
475.

I live in Maine and all I can say is this:
WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Isn't it just amazing to see what devastion God Allows on earth where his people live. Going to that one question I always ask n have seen many ask before.............
WHERE WAS GOD? WHERE IS HE WHEN THIS IS HAPPENING?
yes I believe in GOD just sometimes think he's off somewhere else

Posted by Jean July 14, 08 11:53 AM
476.

From the land of the Mars Waterbombers,I hope that we can help out and make a difference.
California is a Great State it is hard to see the pictures of the fire,to all the firefighters God Bless and keep Safe.

Posted by Bruce July 14, 08 12:14 PM
477.

Awesome and Bold !

Posted by Darlene Pina July 14, 08 12:26 PM
478.

I agree with all of the above and still wonder why people who are burned out once or twice continue to reuild in the same spot thus continuing to put firefighters in jeopardy again an again. Firefighters, true heros!

Posted by Barbara July 14, 08 12:29 PM
479.

My husband is on that Piute fire, he runs a water tender, transport, and sometimes a dozer. He has been on it with no days off since it started over 2 weeks, ago. Special prayers requested for all the family and firemen and women out there always appreciated.

Posted by Bene' Gonzales July 14, 08 12:32 PM
480.

AND WHO IS THE AHOLE WHO STARTED THESE DEVASTATING FIRES?????
HOPE NOT MOTHER NATURE

Posted by Deborah A Sherman July 14, 08 12:41 PM
481.

How can something so beautiful be soooo devastating? It is Nature - and the way the world works. Thank GOD for those brave souls that put their lives on the line everyday to help protect the lives and belongings to those around them. These are INCREDIBLE men & women who deserve our thanks and praise-all these firefighters and pitots are just amazing.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Posted by Jennifer July 14, 08 12:41 PM
482.

The pictures were amazing. God bless all those firefighters and keep the safe while they are there doing their job. St. Florian is the protector of all firefighters. Through the intercession of St. Florian, may God watch over each and everyone of them.

Posted by Mary (Perricellki) Ronda July 14, 08 12:43 PM
483.

THESE PICTURES ARE TRULY A LEARNING EXPERIANCE. TO SEE THE

DANGER OUR FIREFIGHTERS HAVE TO GO THROUGH.

GOD BLESS THEM AND GIVE THEM GRACE TO CONTINUE SHOWING THE

BRAVERY TO FIGHT THESE FIRES. MY FAMILY PRAYS FOR THEM AND THEIR

FAMILIES. WE ARE IN AWE THAT THEY COME FROM ALL OVER TO HELP.

Posted by ELSIE July 14, 08 12:45 PM
484.

I live in the San Diego area and have been through three evacuations based on fires that came as close as 100 yards from our home, but we are the lucky ones, our home was saved. Try to imagine what it would be like to NOT HAVE YOUR HOME TOMORROW. It is thee most incredible feeling ever. Waiting to find out is one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. But it pales in comparison to what the wonderful, brave, fearless men and women do to try and help save us and our homes ALL THE TIME. There were a number of firefighters who lost their homes while trying to save ours. Now that's amazing to me.
I will keep them and those who lose their homes in my prayers.

Posted by Joanne P. Ward July 14, 08 12:52 PM
485.

I don't know how these brave prople spend so much time doing this dangerous work, they are our heros now and forever more.

Posted by Gene July 14, 08 12:55 PM
486.

There really are no words that can be said about your bravery and hard work you do. Hours and hours in the unimagineable heat and smoke. I wish you all a safe return home to your families. God bless you and keep you safe. God bless all the families and their homes that are within the range of the fires. Thank you so much!!! I wish I had something better than thank you that could be said.

Posted by Robyn July 14, 08 12:55 PM
487.

My Prayers are for the brave firefighters that are there to help everyone in danger and for the people who lost so much.God Bless Them All.

Posted by Jacquelyn paxton July 14, 08 12:59 PM
488.

Bless ALL the firefighters in California...we're in for a long, hot fire season.

Posted by L. Sains July 14, 08 01:18 PM
489.

I hope they succeed in putting out all those fires very soon.
It makes you really appreciate those people who put their lives at risk every day to help others.

Posted by Alison Brookes July 14, 08 01:20 PM
490.

These were NATURES pre and post July 4th "Fire Works." However, "Celebration" comes in every life that was saved, every home that was saved and every animal and/or tree that was saved. I applaud and honor those that were out there fighting to save and rescue. "Well done thou good and faithful servant!"

Posted by Betty J. M. July 14, 08 01:25 PM
491.

WE are sending power and prayers to all invovled in this courageous effort. Our envonmentalists should take a long look at the forest practices currently in place, that have contributed greatly to this confligration. Not to mention the air quality issues!

Posted by Jane Wendschlag July 14, 08 01:37 PM
492.

I can't believe that #73 could be so cold, You must not have a heart! I bet if your Husband were out there fighting those fires you would have a different mindset on things, if it were your family member out there I am sure you would post a different story! Those fire fighters are HERO"S, they are putting their lives on the line fighting to save the wild animals that have lost their homes as well as trying to save the homes of HUMANS, I am sure the heat is so intense I can't even imagine what they are going through, I pray for all of the fire fighters that are out there trying to save others homes and putting their lives on the line, I pray that they return home safely to their loved ones! They are all true HERO'S!! God Bless them!
Also, Thank you very much for fighting all the fires you are truly HERO'S!!

Posted by Celeste Yuss July 14, 08 02:04 PM
493.

wow

Posted by NINA July 14, 08 02:05 PM
494.

The plane flying by the house is a distorted perspective because of the zoom (see the graininess in that particular photo). That does not detract from the "wow" factor; in fact, I applaud the LA Times photog/photo editor who saw the artistic beauty by cropping/zooming the shot.

When the Butte Lightning Complex fire started, the DC-10 was flying out of McClellan here in Sacramento. One evening, as I was driving to downtown from the NE suburbs, the DC-10 came in for a landing. It was amazing watching it come in, and I will never forget that.

The smoke has finally cleared out of the Sacramento area.

Posted by zarchasmpgmr July 14, 08 03:15 PM
495.

WOW what amazing photos. I live in Northern California but am not involved in any of the fires. My heart goes out to all the families who have been devasted by these fires. To all the Fire fighting crews who have come to help in waging this battle, God Bless You for your tireless efforts and assistance in fighting these wildfires. It takes very special people to go in and do what you do when everyone else is going out. My prayers are with all of you.

Posted by MJC July 14, 08 03:36 PM
496.

I think any man or woman who is willing to work on these fires should without a doubt be called a hero. #73 doesn't realize that these folks are hiking up and down steep, narrow canyons in 100+ degree heat while breathing smoke, dealing with snakes, insects, poison oak, falling rocks and logs, in addition to cutting fire lines while paying attention to weather and terrain to try to keep safe from ever changing fire conditions. There is more to it than manning a hose or driving a truck. I think kudos should also go out to the California Department of Corrections inmates on fire crews supervised by CalFire. They are hard working firefighters as well. My husband has been an inmate crew foreman for over 20 years and the wear and tear on his body doesn't prevent him from working those 24 hour shifts with his crew cutting line and doing their darndest to protect lives and property.

Posted by Linda July 14, 08 03:57 PM
497.

It takes great courage to fight fires. The hazards are unbelievable. The changing winds fan the flames, greatly increasing the temperature of the burn and the danger to all living things.

There are good men and women putting their lives in danger to save the lives and property of others. I am thankful for such people. Not everyone in the fight has a personal interest at stake.

California has been dealing with fires ineffectively for too many years, and as of today there has not been a plan to put more water on the fire quicker, before it explodes all over the ranges. Large airplanes with lots of water in a daisy chain dropping on the fire would be more effective than helicopters with the little buckets they use. Helicopters are effective for small fires. These fires are beyond the reach of 1000 gallons or 2000 gallons of water.

We have such cargo airplanes in the military and in the Guard. Manufacturing tanks to roll inside cargo aricraft, with large valves to release huge quantities of water quickly might work. The longer the wait for a better 'fire truck' the more countryside will go up in smoke.

God bless those on the fire line.

Posted by John Gaynor July 14, 08 04:00 PM
498.

We are very lucky to live in a country with trained, devoted people who respond to the needs of others wherever and whenever there is a catastrophe. This includes these wonderful firefighters as well as all people on the fringes who selfishly give of their time to support the firefighters feeding them and tending to their needs. It also includes police and all other emergency personal who respond in minutes to fires, floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and numerous other nature and man created disasters that befall us endlessly, it seems. They are all earning or have earned their wings in my eyes. I can't even imagine the strength and dedication it must take to face danger such as they do daily.

To you all, I am indebted and in awe! How lucky I am also to live in Central California and not have experienced first hand any of these life threatening events in my 72 yrs.

Posted by Joyce Pretzer in Fresno July 14, 08 04:02 PM
499.

AND, this was only part of the fires..... Northern California: Paradise, Butte, Colfax, Foresthill...... the smoke buried our skies for two weeks.....

What would we do without the courageous fire-fighters, National Guard and help
from Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico.... God Bless them one and all!!

Posted by ROBERTA ARGENDELI July 14, 08 04:15 PM
500.

WHEN THESE FIRES ARE OUT AND THE COST FIGUERED UP I HAVE A SUGGESTION--EVERY YEAR ITS THE SAME STORY-- LETS SPRND A FEW MILLION FOR LARGE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND GET THE WATER FROM THE OCEAN. COVER HUNDREDS OF ACRES REALLY WET. IT MAY KILL SOME TREES BUT THEY ARE BURNING ANYHOW. HUGE PUMPS AT THE OCEAN CAN DO A LOT OF WETTING DOWN THE FOREST AND STOP THE FIRES BEFORE THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL WWWOULD WORK BETTER THAN A BACK FIRE

Posted by HOWELL MARTIN July 14, 08 04:28 PM
501.

Incredible pictures...........The photographer did an outstanding job on all of those photographs God bless them all for doing such a hard and sometimes what seems an impossible job..........where would we all be without their bravery and heroism. I live in Southern Oregon and we have been getting the smoke from all the fires that are burning in Ca. Our state has also seen the devastation that fires can cause and our hearts go out to each and everyone.

Posted by DeeDee July 14, 08 04:59 PM
502.

To # 395 - Gotta love ya. You might remember that these areas were not nearly as fire-prone while folks were allowed to clear underbrush. Now everyone that wants the areas to "return to nature" conveniently forgets this fact. A more disturbing undertone of your reasoning seems to be "You picked the place, deal with the problems yourself". I'm not sure where you live, but I'm sure it's not hte gulf coast with the hurricane problems there, or the northeast where folks run short of winter heating oils and energy on a pretty regular basis, or in the midwest where sometimes it rains and sometimes it rains a lot. From your "Let it all burn baby" comment yours is obviously a place that doesn't need a fire department. It seems that you're a Green Party guy or gal, advocating a return to all natural ways of life. That's fine, except that the planet's agrarian socieries of 3000 years ago can only support life for 10% of the folks alive on earth now. What happens to the rest of us, which probably includes you? And if you do dismantlle the military overnight as you mention, who is going to modify, maintain and fly those aircraft you see as the answer? How about giving credit to everyone who is helping everyone else and coming up with some workable solutions to very real problems?

Posted by Doug July 14, 08 05:14 PM
503.

GOD BLESS all the fire fighters helping to control the California Wild Fires, GOD SPEED.

Posted by Melissa Jensen July 14, 08 05:28 PM
504.

I am Blown away! God Bless our Firemen, what bravery!

Posted by Lane Neal July 14, 08 05:49 PM
505.

Well, these are just awesome, however, we need to put the blame squarely in the laps of the environmentalists who have curtailed all clean up for fear some little bug or mouse might be injured. The "Greenies" will be the ruination of our country as we USED to know it. It is time we take back our country if we want to stop these kinds of terrible happenings!! Drill for oil LOCALLY so that we can keep our money in the U. S. of A.! We need to be self-sufficient!!! Clean all underbrush from the hill sides...then if some rich guy still wants to build where it is dangerous let HIM fight the fire instead of endangering the lives of our brave responders and military pesonnel!
I'm tired of so called do-gooders running DOWN my country!!

Posted by EMLR July 14, 08 05:53 PM
506.

i call being in the pool first. after these fires i bet i will be >,

Posted by morgan loveness July 14, 08 06:01 PM
507.

Dear Hevenly Father... my prayer is that You will reward these firefighters for the work that they do...keep them safe...go before them..Your Word says "that no greater love has man than for a man to lay down his life for his friends" yet that is what firefighters do...Father Your Word also says "that loves covers" cover them with Your protection, grace , mercy and love...reward all their efforts...thank you Father in Jeus Christ's name...Amen

Posted by Anna Muise July 14, 08 06:09 PM
508.

Hats off to the photographers for some great picture coverage,but our heartfelt thanks go out to all of those firefighters risking their lives to control the fires.

Posted by John E. Jones July 14, 08 06:32 PM
509.

The real nice picture of the Air Tanker over the house is a prime example of how the not so smart residents put our fire fighters at risk. Look at the vegitation overgroth around the house! And they wonder why their houses burn.

Posted by Al White July 14, 08 06:37 PM
510.

All these pictures are devestating and our heart goes out to all. There has been a call going out in Calif to allow the forest service to clean our forests and cut the fire lines that used to be there. The Sierra Club has successfully stopped all work in our forests and Dr Wattenberg has been telling us that Calif. will burn and burn with no hope. Take a look people this is the handy work of our local terrorists. the Sierra Club and its cohorts have caused most of this destruction. I have lived all m,y life in Calif. and I know how to control these fires but new comers have not listened and now you see the damage.


Posted by Richard Holley July 14, 08 07:06 PM
511.

Incredible photos! There are no words good enough to thank the firefighters who put their lives at risk.

Posted by KAPP July 14, 08 07:28 PM
512.

Absolutely amazing pics!!

I just got home from a fire in NE Cali. I haven't seen fire behavior like we had in a long time. Hats off to not only the firefighters working hard on the line but all the "behind the scene" staff in camp that are usually not recognized. Without them, we wouldn't be out there on the line in the first place... logistics, medical, supply, ground support, finance, plans, info... and the list goes on. For those of you who are firefighters, don't forget to thank them as well! They work just as hard as we do out on the line.

I am sure after our few days of R & R here back at home we will be right there with you all again. Remember your LCES and stay safe brothers and sisters!!

Posted by FiregirlJ July 14, 08 07:30 PM
513.

Well this is interesting. Why was there not such a responce when the huricans hit liuisiana. Maybe money matters.

Posted by Nathan Smith July 14, 08 07:34 PM
514.

My brother is up there in Big Sur helping to fight the fires. He is one of the guys from the fire camp. I just want him to know how proud of him I am and that I love and worry about him very much.

Posted by Cheryl Royce July 14, 08 07:37 PM
515.

I live in the middle of the Bible Belt and have seen tornadoes and hurricanes but, I could not handle the thought of going through fire. God Bless our firefighters.

Posted by Carol Stahl July 14, 08 07:40 PM
516.

amazing pics...those who didn,t loose thier homes to foreclosure, still have to worry about these fires

Posted by Bob W July 14, 08 07:47 PM
517.

I live in Lake County, Calif. where one of the worst fires in the state is raging even today. I want to give a special thanks to each and every firefighter in our beautiful country. Without them and the superb job these men do, our country would not be as beautiful as it is today. These are very special people that we should all give thanks to; for they are fighting these fires; not the rest of us. Great job to you all.

Posted by Ken Gingrich July 14, 08 08:04 PM
518.

Awesome pictures! To my husband, John, who has been away from home fighting fires for the last 4 weeks! I love you and I say a prayer for you and all the other firefighters everyday. Some of you may be interested in knowing that my husband is a private contractor that has been fighting fires for over 20 years. He is a 73 year old disabled veteran. I am very proud of him!

Posted by Mo Ryan July 14, 08 08:04 PM
519.

Thank God for our brave Firefighters. May God keep them safe while they endanger their lives every day to save our homes, wildlife and forests.

Posted by shirley July 14, 08 08:09 PM
520.

This is from a mom whose daughter is a firefighter deployed in CA. I worry every day. She puts her life on the line for people she doesn't know. I pray ALL firefighters are kert safe.

Posted by tracy July 14, 08 08:16 PM
521.

Thanks to all of you whom are praying not only for property owners but the firefighter's who are fighting these fires. My Son is a voulenter firefighter out of Redding, CA. and has fought in serveral of the big ones!!!
Thanks to the person who took these pictures, I now realize just how much danger my son has been in. He always says, no problem Mom, I"ll be fine. Of course I know he will because he not only has God on his side, but his fellow firefighter too!!!!!! I live in Salinas,CA. and have been shrouded wit h the smoke of 2 large and seperate fires. But at least I am not in harms way. Keep praying these brave men & women they need all the help they can get

Posted by Betty L. July 14, 08 08:24 PM
522.

#73 is the most ignorant person I have ever heard.... Thank you to all of the brave and HEROIC firefighters, and volunteers helping to fight the fires... I live in So Cal and was here during the fires that ran thru our county.. Thank you so much for all that you do and the sacrifices you make....

Posted by Lalenia Douglas July 14, 08 08:28 PM
523.

ALL YOU BUSHIES....STILL DON'T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING?

Posted by Hal Dryden July 14, 08 08:31 PM
524.

Endless thanks to the wonderful courage of all men who fight fires,
and love, guidance and peace to the thousands of terrified animals who endure such horror and torture, with nowhere to go.

Posted by Jenny Lindsey July 14, 08 08:48 PM
525.

I am a fourth-generation Californian and this is the worst fire season I know about. I l live in Reno, NV at this time and we are experiencing the smoke from many fires, which makes me extremely sad when I think about my beautiful California burning out of control. May God Bless and keep all of you who are out there risking your life and health.

Memo to Jackie #73...BITE ME !

Posted by Jeanne July 14, 08 09:18 PM
526.

i LIVE IN kANSAS AND HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT LISVES IN CA. I THINK OF HER AND HER HUSBAND WHEN I HEAR OF THE FIRES OUT THERE. THOSE FIREFIGHTERS ARE REAL HERO'S WHEN THEY HAVE TO FIGHT THOSE AWFUL HOT FIRES. THEY ARE VERY DEDICATED MEN & WOMEN FOR THIS OCCUPATION. PLEASE GOD KEEP THEM SAFE..

Posted by D M RUCKER July 14, 08 09:28 PM
527.

I helped fight a forest fire in N. Cal and NV at age 18 in 1958. One of the most demanding and physically draining jobs I ever had. Thanks to all the fire fighters from all over the state who have come to help. My hat is off to you, my hand is out to you saying thank you for who you are and what you do.

Posted by John Beer July 14, 08 09:41 PM
528.

WOW! I have seen some great fire shots by the photographers at the Santa Barbara News Press during fires over the years, but the shot of the plane buzzing the house on WEst Camino Cielo takes the cake. What a shot! Those firefighters are true heroes!

Posted by Sue Shepherd July 14, 08 09:58 PM
529.

I have the greatest respect for the Firefighters who fight wild fires. I did 29 years as a firefighter, fought fires just like they are doing now. For you who do not know it's the hardest physical work a person can do, Bar none. To my brothers, Thanks.

Posted by Max Hellmueller (retired Fire Capt) July 14, 08 10:19 PM
530.

Excellent photos of the sad conditions in our state and our world of the volitile condition our forests are in. Amazing shots of how low the planes fly. Intense.

Posted by Kathy Fletcher July 14, 08 10:26 PM
531.

this looks like what hell must look like, BUT, here we have brave people to save our countrymen from the devil fire. we wish them all the best

Posted by lee blumberg July 14, 08 10:29 PM
532.

I can't believe what I see in these pictures.God bless the fire fighters, it takes a
brave person to put their life on the line to help other's.I can't find the words to express myself. god bless them all.

Posted by Juanita L Thompson July 14, 08 10:54 PM
533.

May God bless and protect you as you work hard to save our land.

Posted by lynette grandpre July 14, 08 11:19 PM
534.

I strongly Support those who are out there fighting to save all. God Bless to you and your families... Be Safe!!!!

Posted by Shantelle July 14, 08 11:19 PM
535.

These photos are awesome!! Can't help but wonder how they were able to get some of these shots. Thank you for sharing

Posted by SH July 14, 08 11:46 PM
536.

There are not enough thank yous' for all of the fire fighters out there.
May god keep you and help you get home

Posted by Becky Allen July 14, 08 11:55 PM
537.


FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ALREADY EARNED THEREWAY INTO HEAVEN.
GOD BLESS THEM ALL.

Posted by DARLINR AND BOB EASON July 15, 08 12:18 AM
538.

Looking at the danger that the firemen are in and also those lifes these fires affects, just makes me realize that even when we have our own challenges with where our country is at the moment we have soooooo much to be thankful for.
Many in the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry are having challenges, many companies and Industry are be affected right now, but some are losing there lifes to FIRE, and are lossing everything they own. Let us be thankful, let us pray for those in danger.

Carolyn Beck Tulare, Calif.

Posted by Carolyn Beck July 15, 08 12:19 AM
539.

To all the firefighters-God Bless you for all your hard work and dedication you bring to your profession.My husband is a firefighter in Berkeley,Ca. and was out there last year in San Diego,Ca helping out. For the photographer(s) who took these spectacular photos- thank you for bring it to a realization of it all and also your dedication. They are truly awesome photos! #73 doesn't know what the work HERO means! Thank you to all who have helped with the fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Patsy Snell July 15, 08 12:22 AM
540.

I have a pen friend in this area and I worry about her family and the fire fighters.Good luck to everyone ne safe

Posted by Peter Clothier July 15, 08 12:33 AM
541.

Hey ... #73
It is easy to see most brush fire fighters as not heroes but just old fire fighters where buildings don’t fall on them.
I wonder what those fire fighters who were caught in a fire tornado thought when their thermal blankets did not help. Can’t remember the number … maybe 15.
I wonder what those fire fighters who ran to their fire truck thought when they knew the end had come. Can’t remember the number … maybe 5.
Stick your hand over a BBQ pit for a while … I’ll come back in about 5 hours and see if you can stand the heat like they do.
Heroes?? Maybe not … BALLS THE SIZE OF YOUR FIST … YEP !!

Posted by Anonymous July 15, 08 12:44 AM
542.

Thanks to each and every one of the men and women out there fighting the fires in Calif. May God bless all of you.& keep you safe.

Posted by Geri Wallace July 15, 08 01:35 AM
543.

I can't thank our firefighters enough for the heroic efforts they put forth everyday! Godbless!!!

Posted by adam m. July 15, 08 02:22 AM
544.

I remember studing in school about how the Indians used to start fires to renew an area. I hate to see that our forest and homes be destroyed by fire alot of junk in the woods that needed to be cleared when the Indians set fires they didn't have tractors, airplanes or firemen to save homes or lives. We are blesses to have the brave men and women who fight these horrific blazes to keep us in our homes and so we may enjoy the beauty of mother nature once again when the ashes turn green once again. My heart goes out to all of the families who have lost during this tradgedy and I want to send THANKS to all the Men and Women who put there lives in danger to protect us here in California. It humbles me to see the out poor of all the help we are and have received from all over the United States. It makes me proud to be an American.

Posted by Denise Norton, Delhi, California July 15, 08 04:09 AM
545.

The smoke is clearing and blue skies are finally returning to Paradise in the foothills of Butte County today. My prayers are with the 50 residents of the village of Concow just a mile across the canyon from us who lost their homes in the last few days -- and with the 70+ Paradise homeowners who lost their homes in last month's devastating fire. To all the dedicated firefighters from all over the country who helped save our town from burning -- A HUGE THANK YOU!!! Without all of you, it wouldn't still be Paradise today. You are truly our Angels! May God watch over each and every one of you and keep you safe.

Posted by Sandra W July 15, 08 04:13 AM
546.

I add my deeply felt , sincere "Thank you" to all the others who have posted here. I live in Benicia, Ca (No. S.F. Bay Area). For a while there, I was beginning to doubt that we'd ever see a sunny, blue California summer sky again. I live within 7 blocks of the California Delta, and the "dirty" air got so bad, we couldn't see the other side of the river (less than 2 miles). As an asthmatic, in order to continue to be able to breathe, I had to keep my windows and doors closed tightly, despite the 100+ degree heat (and no A/C).

HOWEVER - I consider myself SOOOOO lucky! I have friends up in the Chico-Paradise area, relatives in the Grass Valley and Santa Cruz areas, and more relatives in SoCal. Though none (so far, anyway) have actually lost their homes, my friends in Paradise and my relatives in the Santa Cruz Mountains were evacuated this year for up to three weeks, not knowing the entire time if they even had homes to go back to. I can't even imagine what it must be like to get anywhere from 10 minutes to 10-18 hours to gather your "most valuable and precious" possessions, load everything you could into your car, and GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE!!!

Think about it..........What would YOU take with you? Your family photos? Your mother's china? Your favorite clothes? How about your pets? ("Oh, s**t, where did the CAT go?")

And if you DID have to evacuate.....if the firefighters who have been working so hard for so long WEREN'T able to save your house.........could you put your life back together? Of course, you could.....But, how long would it take? Would you have clothes necessary to be able to go back to work?? What if the business you worked for was lost in the fire? What then? Could your kids go back to school? Would they even have a school to go back to? And if they did, but it was being used as an "Emergency Shelter" for evacuees, what would that do to your kid's education?

So many questions.......so many angles........so many things you might not consider.....at least not until you were actually THERE.....

BUT . . . . the ONE thing you don't have to think about is whether or not the people, young & old, black & white, citizen or convict, mothers & fathers, brothers & sisters (etc., etc., etc.).... the ones who man the fire lines . . .who save PEOPLE first, HOMES second, and the NATURAL WORLD (trees, grasslands, etc.) last. . .will THEY be there?

ABSOLUTELY, YES!!!

So, thank them, appreciate them, bake them cupcakes or cookies, do anything & everything you can to show them that their hard work and selflessness is NOTICED, and is GRATEFULLY . . LOVINGLY . . . RESPECTFULLY APPRECIATED!!!

Posted by Donna C. July 15, 08 04:36 AM
547.

much much respect for the firefighters and volunteers working hard day and night to put out these fires.
stay safe and keep an eye on eachother.

a firefighte from the netherlands

Posted by Ibrahim Sint Jago July 15, 08 06:46 AM
548.

My home was spared last year during the fires in the Lake Arrowhead/Running Springs/Green Valley Lake area in the San Bernardino Mountains. My prayers are with all those residents who have recently faced and are currently facing what I went through. Stay strong and when you get a chance, thank a firefighter for putting his life on the line for you!

Posted by Don July 15, 08 08:10 AM
549.

After living in So. Cal for over 30 yrs, and being threatened by fires a few times, I know what people are going through. And I saw first hand what the firefighters go through...God Bless you and keep you safe.
#73...kiss my ass bimbo!
#469...I agree...

Posted by Native NewYorker July 15, 08 08:27 AM
550.

I am inspired and awestruck at the amount of effort the firefighting teams and National Guard members take to save lives and homes during a wlidfire catastrophe like this one.

It helps to know that they have the support of people like you and me.

Posted by ta July 15, 08 09:26 AM
551.

My heart and prayers goes out to all the firefighters, volunteers, National Guard, merchants, neighbors and every human being who is trying to help. You are all heroes. I know first hand the amount of work it takes to survive and percevere after a disaster.

Posted by Wilma surviver July 15, 08 10:25 AM
552.

Truly amazing photos. Very awesome. My heart goes out to those firefighters, an amazing courageous group of people. My own nephew is a firefighter so I am particularly struck by their bravery and perseverance in the face of this awful conflagration.

Posted by Patricia Stubis July 15, 08 10:45 AM
553.

To all the firefighters-God Bless you for all your hard work and dedication you bring to your profession. Much much respect for the firefighters and volunteers working hard day and night to put out these fires.
stay safe and keep an eye on eachother.

Posted by Stephanie Burton July 15, 08 11:09 AM
554.

SO VERY POWERFUL YET SO SCARY , BUT, NEW GROWTH WILL SOON COME AFTER THE FIRE.

Posted by STEVE FROM KENTUCKY July 15, 08 11:39 AM
555.

I LIVE IN PLACERVILLE, CA AND OUR SKIES HAVE BEEN DARKENED FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW. PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF SORE EYES, HEADACHES, RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, ETC. I HOLD THE FIREFIGHTERS UP TO THE PLATFORM OF TRUE HEROS, UNCOMMON VALOUR INDEED. THEY WILL SLEEP FOR A FEW HOURS THEN GO OUT AND FIGHT THESE FIRES FOR 12 HRS. BACK FOR AN HOUR NAP THEN OUT TO FIGHT FIRES ONCE MORE. THEY ARE TRUE HEROS. I WOULD THANK GOD ABOVE IF MY HOME WERE IN THE PATH OF A RAGING RUTHLESS FIRE AND I SAW A FIREMAN OR TWO LAYING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE TO SAVE MINE. GOD BLESS THE FIREMAN AND ALL THEY DO. NOT ONLY DO THEY FIGHT FIRES, THEY SAVE LIVES, DO CPR, GET YOUR BELOVED ANIMALS OUT OF TREES. THEY ARE COMPATIONATE AND KIND AND RISK THEIR ALL TO HELP MANKIND. AS FOR YOU, JACKIE #73, YOU ARE AN IGNORANT BITCH WHO I WOULD LOVE TO SEE STANDING OUT IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH YOUR HOME ABOUT TO GO UP IN FLAMES. THEN SEE IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT THE FIREMEN, WHO ARE GIVING IT THEIR ALL TO SAVE YOUR HOME AND YOUR BELONGINGS, ARE NOT HEROS. I THINK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A FIRE? MAYBE IF WE ARE LUCKY, IT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU, STUPID ASSHOLE THAT YOU ARE. THANK YOU TO ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS AND GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE DURING THIS SEASON. WE LOVE YOU ETERNALLY!

Posted by SUZANNE HALL July 15, 08 12:17 PM
556.

May God bless everyone and their families, who worked on the fires burning in California and who continue to do so. You're all AMAZING!

Posted by Debbie July 15, 08 12:39 PM
557.

Terribe !!!!!!

Posted by Anqing Xiongzou July 15, 08 12:40 PM
558.

I am just sick to see such diaster and devastation. My heart and prayers go out to everyone. Thank God for our Firefighters and others who are helping to put out these fires. You are truely HEROS in my heart. These pictures are awesome. Great and BRAVE work to the photographers. I lived in Northern Calif. for 23 years and I do miss it. But I don't miss this. God bless you

Posted by T. McCoy Ohio July 15, 08 01:21 PM
559.

God Bless all who fight for us! be it onthe home front or in a foriegn Land. These pictures are truly breath taking

Posted by steven lane July 15, 08 01:33 PM
560.

May God bless each of you for all you have done. It truely takes a very special person to endure this physical work for weeks on end. Thank you for caring.

Posted by Lillian Casillas July 15, 08 01:41 PM
561.

Living here in Butte County, California and seeing the first fire start close to my home on June 11th, I can only say we are all very thankful for the firefighters, police, animal rescue and other rescue personnel, and the countless volunteers who have and are continuing to work so very hard to save our lives, homes, pets and property. All over the state - the U.S. - these people put their lives into jeopardy to save us and what we love and hold dear! We owe all of them and all the other rescue personnel all over the U.S. a debt of gratitude and thanks but more than that they deserve to be paid well, insured to the hilt and to be fully equipped to battle the elements for us! Honor them by supporting them.

Posted by T. Perotti, CA July 15, 08 01:49 PM
562.

May our Lord protect those that are fighting those fires, and bring them home safely.

Posted by Marguerite July 15, 08 02:04 PM
563.


First off, My heart felt thanks to ALL the firefighters ( and volunteers ! ) who risk their lives on a daily basis. What people dont realize, is that not only do people lose their homes, their lives, their security, but also we lose our pets, and we lose our trees, and other vegetatioin so vitally needed in our ever changing environment! The devastation we are seeing and feeling also include wild animals, and insects.

People are of course, by far, are most important, but any life lost, is a sad, sad, day.

We all need to work together copnstructively, to make things work for all living species. God Bless all who try and make this happen, even in disaster.

Posted by Laura Horvitz July 15, 08 02:06 PM
564.

I live in Foresthill, CA. The Westville fire is burning away from us right now. There are over 900 firefighters (AKA - HEROES) fighting this fire along with an incident base and a retardant base stationed at China Wall. We have NOT been evacuated thanks to these efforts. This fire was started by a summer lightning storm, NOT global warming. I have lived in Northern California my whole life and these storms are nothing new. 1977 was the last time Northern CA was on fire to this extreme, Redding was surrounded by fire, most of which was again started by lightning.
Back in the early 90's a fire was started near Burney, CA. It was called the Fountain Fire. I encourage any environmentalist to drive up there and see the devastation this fire caused. The old saying of "let it burn, it's good for the environment" is a crock!! These fires burn so intense, nothing survives. After about 10 years, the only thing that comes back is buck brush and manzanita bushes...NO TREES. The only trees that are there now have been replanted by humans. Nuff said.
Thank You firefighters.... you are MY heroes.

Posted by BMF July 15, 08 02:14 PM
565.

True heroism, determination and just plain guts. These guys and gals should all receive awards for extraordinary performance of duty. - Also, positively fantastic photos. Photographers have gone the extra mile too.

Posted by Pete Halle July 15, 08 02:24 PM
566.

my step mom is stationed @ where the dc-10 is housed in Victorville CA. and my Dad is running the hot shot crews from out of state and MY PRAYERS ARE WITH EVERYONE.

Posted by Leslie Pell July 15, 08 03:13 PM
567.

The Sierra Club and the tree huggers wouldn't let the Forrest Service do it's job so Mother Nature did it for them. I doubt they will learn anything from this event because they never do.

Posted by Richard Marleau July 15, 08 03:13 PM
568.

I was on the Lime Complex fires the last of June and into July. The ground conditions are incredibly dry, and their is sufficient fuel build-up to cause havoc for any firefighter, let alone residents trying to get out. We have got to clean up the snags and dead wood, and cut wider safe zones around homes and cabins. We have to take care of our forests and ourselves, in turn.

Posted by David Chevalier July 15, 08 03:37 PM
569.

I have always loved CA and pray that the fires will soon be out. Great pixs.

Posted by Fernie, CO July 15, 08 03:42 PM
570.

#73 how ignorant of you to make such a comment. Every firefighter out there is indeed a hero and needs our prayers not negative responses like yours. My uncle is a retired fire captain from the city of Redondo Beach, California and I saw him come home many many times from risking his life on not only fires but accidents of all sorts. Every man and woman out there are risking their lives doing a job that they love and deserve nothing but our respect. May God Bless all of the men and women out there on the front lines and behind the scenes. Pray your home never catches on fire but if it should they will be there to put it out.

Posted by claudine July 15, 08 03:48 PM
571.

I am an ex-Principal from the Goleta Union School District, and lived just south of Kellogg, on St. Mary's Lane. I remember the area of the fire, well, and have driven the old Stage Coach Rd., which I assume was where the fire passed over going up the mountain. These pictures are an awesome reminder of the fury and devastation of a fire out of control. My heart really aches for those who have homes that have been destroyed or damaged, but it soars as I think of, and see, the courage and devotion of the Fire Fighters!!!!!!!!!!!God bless them every one!
Bill Bishop, Hollister School 1968-
1979

Posted by Bill Bishop July 15, 08 04:05 PM
572.

#570, I must totally agree with what you had to say about #73. How idiotic, and thankless to say that those firefighters are NOT heros !! Best of luck to all homeowners and to the thousands of firefighters out there on the fire line !!

Posted by TW July 15, 08 04:12 PM
573.

God Bless each and every single man and woman out there fighting these amazing fires. I have helped fight fires in Southern Calif. It is extremely dangerous and extremely frightening. These people, all of them, the firefighters, the people helping them, everyone, deserve a HUGE thank-you, a HUGE handshake and hug, and yes, medals of honor for their strength and courage to risk their lives for so many others.
JACKIE.....#73...YOU SUCK!!!! You should be put in front of a Firing Squad!! You didn't say where you live after shooting off your BIG, FAT MOUTH! It must be on a deserted island made of concrete! Amazing you have internet service! You sound quite BITTER! Loose someone considered a hero and no one else can compare??? What's your problem???? I hope your religious (which I doubt), because you sure will be doing a lot of praying if ever you find yourself in the same posistion. I would think most people would CHEER if your place went up in flames and NO ONE....NOT ONE...of those firefighters you say are not hero's would show up to save you, yours or your property....BUT, the sad, honest truth is....that's just it....THEY WOULD!!! Because, that's what they do...no matter what Loud Mouth, Stupid Bitch, wouldn't take the time of day to acknowledge them...OUR HERO'S........OUR ANGELS in Yellows and Reds.
God Bless each and everyone of you out there doing anything and everything to try and get control of this disaster. We love you, and respect you and am so darn PROUD of you. May God protect you all and keep you safe from danger.
I live directly on the other side of the Sierra's, so truly appreciate all your efforts.

Posted by Jessie...Mammoth Lakes, Ca. July 15, 08 04:58 PM
574.

All I can say is God bless everyone involved and thank you so very much to all the wonderful firefighters. What an unbelievably miserable environment they have to work in; the heat, dirt, exhaustion, etc.... I am always amazed by men and women who step out into this type of circumstance risking life and limb to save our Mother Earth and all of us also. We can not thank them enough. We are not even close to the fires, however, we have endured weeks of smoke and ash hundreds of miles away. My heart goes out to all those who are so close to these areas and especially to those fighting the flames day after day. I affirm that you all return to your homes safe and sound and very soon. Thank you again for a job well done.

Posted by Martie July 15, 08 05:04 PM
575.

MAY OUR GREAT AND AWASOME GOD PROTECT ALL THE LIVES INVOLVED WITH FIGHTING THESE TERRIBLE FIRES. THANKS FOR THE PICTURES, THEY ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. LIZIE FROM OK/CO

Posted by Lizie Brooks July 15, 08 05:32 PM
576.

Although I live on the other side of our great country, my heart goes out to all the firefighters, home owners, emergency personal and all those who continue to put forth such great efforts to help others. As a volunteer with the American Red Cross I do know the sacrifice it sometimes takes to lend a helping hand. God Bless you all.

Posted by Jacqueline Urton July 15, 08 05:37 PM
577.

God bless all of the Hero firefighters both on the ground and in the air. You are truly all Hero's, and in my prayers that you safely return to your families when this diaster is over.
As for #73 you are an idiot, these men and women are risking their lives to put out the fire and did you forget there is alot of wildlife out there as well as the homes.

Posted by Debbie July 15, 08 05:39 PM
578.

God bless all the animals who have lost their lives!! We can move in with family or recover in a hotel room! What about all the poor animals??

Posted by Michelle July 15, 08 05:44 PM
579.

It is during days & weeks like this that we really learn how trite our lives are....worrying about our A/C our latte our comforts.
Bow and be thankful for what really matters!

Posted by Jules July 15, 08 06:10 PM
580.

As a Retired Fighter of 33years Service and have fought small forest and bush
fires I cannot imagine what it is like to fight fires on the scale that these Firemen
are fighting
God willing you will all come out safely
The pictures are amazing and give us some insight of the task that you have taken on.I will think of you all whilst fighting these fires.
I also think of the people who live in these areas and hope they are safe.
God Bless you all.

Posted by Retired Sub Officer Brian Doick July 15, 08 06:13 PM
581.

simply, Thank You!

Posted by Casey July 15, 08 06:22 PM
582.

To #73 - Jackie

These firefighters ARE heroes. They are fighting to save homes and property that isn't even their OWN! They are at constant risk that these fires will turn on them, leaving them NO place to run or hide except for under their flimsy little fire tents. My brother was a California state firefighter before he passed on. I remember the stories he told of fires turning on him unexpectedly, burning trees falling without warning, falling down and hurting himself because the smoke was so thick he couldn't see where he was going. He lost some friends in the wildfires we have had here over the years, as have other firefighters. The fires are so powerful that you can't even hear anything over their roar, the heat can be overwhelming. The picture of the Carolina firefighter says it all, the bone-numbing tired that they feel during times like this. They go days without real rest/sleep, sometimes they are cut off from their supply lines and have no food till they can fight their way out or other crews can fight their way in. No, they don't have to worry about a building falling on their heads, but many times they do have to rescue people and pets, people who are too stubborn/stupid to leave when they're told to because they think they can fight something like this with their little garden hose. These firefighters, men and women, ARE heroes. You should be ashamed of yourself. As for these pictures, isn't it terrible that something so destructive does in fact have it's own beauty. The pictures are awesome. Thank God for all the firefighters of this country, and thank God for the firefighters who have come here from other countries to help fight these fires. Jackie, maybe when you're home/community is at risk from something like this, you will learn to appreciate the people who fight to save it more.

Posted by LMB July 15, 08 06:36 PM
583.

“If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out?”

-- John Godfrey Saxe

Firefighters and especially Wildland Firefighters are truly heroes. These men and women don't ask to be considered something spcial but they are by the nature of the job they do. May God watch over them and keep them safe from harm.

Posted by Socal Dispatcher July 15, 08 06:37 PM
584.

Poor Jackie, number 73, needs some serious educating. Her comment would be like me getting on someone's new blog, that I just stumbled across, regarding Particle Physics, and then shooting off my mouth about how lame the rest of the participants were. Wow.

Posted by Eric Johnson, Lyons FPD, CO July 15, 08 06:38 PM
585.

A simple thank you isn't really enough for what you do. I though not affected now by these fires appreciate everything you guys do for us.

Thanks Again

Posted by James A. Pettyjohn July 15, 08 06:41 PM
586.

I lived in California for many years, not in thes local ares of the fires,,,
God bless all of the people who are fighting these fires " THEY ARE TRULY HEROES" #73 Jackies if you think you can do BETTER help yourself I DONT THINK SO,,,,,,, May GOD bless each and everone

Posted by Betty Mitchell July 15, 08 07:32 PM
587.

We live here in Pierre, South Dakota. A friend of mine lives in Redding, CA and she took some photos and sent them to us. To everyone that is affected by these fires....From the bottom of our hearts, we are so so sorry for all you have to go through. Our son, Collin, is a fire fighter here in Piere and my husband, Mark, used to be a firefighter in Edgewater, Colorado. We love each and everyone of you, our heros. The photo of the firefighter taking a drink just brought me to tears. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. If we, the people here in South Dakota, can do anything.....WE LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Posted by Mark and Cindy Smith of Pierre, South Dakota July 15, 08 07:36 PM
588.

What a tragic display: Awesome pictures of pain and suffering caused by careless people: Not all of this is God created. I thought the Yellowstone fire would be the largest in my lifetime, but I was wrong.

Posted by gilbert h oswald July 15, 08 07:44 PM
589.

In Santa Barbara we evacuated both times, and miraculously, both times have had our home saved. In 1990, it stood all alone. Thank you for all the hard work of you firefighters, and to the personnel who supported you. You are appreciated more than words can express. We feel you are God's workmen with a special mission.

Posted by Kathy July 15, 08 08:28 PM
590.

Retired Fire Chief.
My comments are, been there done that. Fought California Wild fires for 36 years. My most important comment is in the last photo. Two out of State Firefighters with sleves rolled up and not wearing their gloves. Not what you want to see in a ON the Fire Line photo. The diference could mean their lives as a fire can turn on a dime and without the use of ones hands you could not hold a safety blanket in place inorder to save your life. I have lost several friends and firefighters to the flames of California, and it is not a sight you want to see or remember. Safety First at all times...

Posted by Rich July 15, 08 08:39 PM
591.

A great big THANK YOU to our firefighters and other personnel on the firelines here in Northern California. God Bless you all.
To #73, Jackie, your comments are so arrrogant and stupid, they do not dignify a comment!

Posted by Carol Brearcliffe July 15, 08 08:49 PM
592.

God Bless the fire fighters for all their work and sacrifices. I hope that there is an end in sight.

Posted by Pat Jennewein July 15, 08 08:51 PM
593.

Mathieu, Merci de vos prières, (Mathieu, Thank you for your prayers)

Kathy

Posted by Kathy July 15, 08 09:31 PM
594.

Absolutely incredible God bless these firefighters.

Posted by Les & Marlene Faulkner July 15, 08 09:49 PM
595.

AMAZING PICTURES OF AN UNBELIEVABLE SITUATION. WE IN MISSOURI HAVE NO CONCEPT OF HOW BAD IT REALLY IS. HAVING LIVED IN CALIF. FOR 6 YEARS I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE AREAS INVOLVED. TO THOSE BRAVE PEOPLE WHO GIVE THEIR ALL TO COMBAT THESE HORRENDOUS FIRES - I SALUTE THEM. ALONGSIDE OUR UNIFORMED PERSONNEL FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM IN THE MIDEAST, I PUT THOSE FIREFIGHTERS IN THE SAME HIGH REGARD. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

Posted by JERRY TERRY July 15, 08 09:51 PM
596.

WOW!! These are amazing Photo's! It is so sad that they have to be of something so dangerous. My prayers are with all the people who live there and all the firefighters & workers of any kind. (And we think we have it bad sometimes)
Dee

Posted by Deanna Bright July 15, 08 09:58 PM
597.

Fire fighters are not normal people. They are not a step above normal, they are a ladder above. Here in California we now have fire fighters from all over the country and from other nations. They are putting in grueling hours under extraordinary heat and wind. I can not fathom how uncomfortable it must be in those suits under these conditions. May God Bless and watch out for all of you. I also thank your families for sacrificing your time together.

Posted by Carl July 15, 08 10:30 PM
598.

How tragic that so many people are in jeopardy of losing their homes, along with memories in the form of photos, keepsakes, etc that might not be taken when evacuating. We live on such a beautiful planet that it's not unusual for people to want to live amongst the beauty. It's hard to imagine the sheer size of these fires and the men/women that are tackling such a daunting job. Pray for rain!
We've had a lot of fires in Texas but they aren't fueled as these forest fires are. But we've been grateful to have fire fighters from other states come in to help out. And the areas, typically, aren't very populated. But wildlife & livestock are often trapped and perish. Very sad.

Posted by Diane July 15, 08 10:43 PM
599.

I live in Spokane WA. Fire-season has begun in this state as well. Simply put, your skill & dedication saves lives. So much honor is willingly bestowed where it's due.

Posted by Janet Orr July 15, 08 10:44 PM
600.

I use to be a courier for California Couriers and my route took me to Paradise and Chico every night. I'm truely saddend by what I've seen on the news about the loss of those beautiful places. My heart goes out to the people who lost so much there. Thank you to all the Fire personel who have given so much and worked so hard, and God Bless you all.

Posted by Martin C Barbeau July 15, 08 10:54 PM
601.

I have read these comments until my eyes are crossing. I have dear family in Santa Barbara who loaded up several cars with belongings and the dog. They were able to return to their unburned home. They said it looked like they had been burgled because they took so much with them! Sadly, their house had been burned to the ground at that location 18 years ago as Santa Barbara burned. When a new house was built it was done with tiles, brick, concreat, fire resistant materials, and the property is kept cleared except for some live green plants, not dead fuel. I also have friends in Paradise. Smoke hung over us here in the San Francisco Bay Area for a long long time.
Someone else who should be thanked are the prisoners who volunteer for the awful job of fighting the fires. Those who do it are not forced to do so. It is
absolutely critical that we do all we can for the professionals, the volunteers, the pilots, whoever fights the fires, whoever helps the firefighters, to thank these
people who pocess uncommon valor genes, who help us who don't.

Posted by Annie Mc July 15, 08 10:59 PM
602.

I've already posted my undying thanks to all the firefighters and volunteers who are defending our property and our lives here in Northern California. They are undoubtedly HEROES. But I couldn't let the response from Nathan (#513) go by without a reply. To imply that our area's wealth has had anything to do with the help and prayers we are receiving from people all over the world is completely untrue and utterly synical. Butte County, which was the #1 priority for many days during the firestorms, is one of the poorest counties in California. And the people living in the hills of Butte County are, for the most part, among the least affluent. Check your statistics. And wherever you live, Nathan, may you never have to go through the tragedy of losing your home to fires or floods.

Posted by Sandra W - Paradise, CA July 15, 08 11:11 PM
603.

A colleague's husband is a Fire Captain who has helped fight these fires. We owe such a debt of gratitude to each and every firefighter in the United States who puts his or her life in danger to protect our property and our lives.

With our deepest gratitude,
Kathryn

Posted by kathryn July 15, 08 11:14 PM
604.

God Bless these firefighters!

Posted by Karen Sund July 15, 08 11:31 PM
605.

Wonderful pictures, but scary. My heart goes out to everyone. My son is up there helping to fight these fires.....I am so proud of him, and so worried.

Posted by Claudine July 15, 08 11:50 PM
606.

God Be With You
Alpine Ca

Posted by Hj and SJ July 15, 08 11:58 PM
607.

The pictures are outstanding; but what an awful thing this is. So much beauty and so many structures ruined. My heart goes out to the people in all these areas and I pray the firefighters will be safe!

Posted by Nancy Ball July 16, 08 12:12 AM
608.

God Bless you OUR firefighters, one and all...if not for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice, more homes and lives would be destroyed. YOU ARE ALL GREAT MEN AND WOMEN....Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Posted by K Noske July 16, 08 12:59 AM
609.

Amazing pictures. My husband is a retired CDF Fireman, and he can really
relate. We pray, for everyone, that is involved.

Posted by Mrs. Noble Roripaugh July 16, 08 01:14 AM
610.

Love these photo's;
Is there anyway I could print them???
I have lived in Calif. for 60 yrs., I've seen "bug trees",,,,,that should be cut down to prevent the spread of the damage a beetle can do. I've seen trees that need to be taken down, but have been neglected. Years ago, they used to let the public go in a forest and remove trees for fire wood, why don't they let folks do that any more? In other states they mow down the grass along the sides of roads, Our's don't have grass, but still, the weeds, need mowed, Seems to me that more things could be done to prevent fires.

Posted by Bev Edwards July 16, 08 02:02 AM
611.

The pictures bring back so many memories!
Been in the same situations myself!
Wish I could do something to help!
God Bless all Fire Fighters and the airmen who do such a fantastic job on these fires!
THEY ALL RISK ALL FOR THE PEOPLE AND LAND THEY SERVE!

GOD BLESS AND KEEP ALL FROM HARM!

YOU FIRE FIGHTERS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, YOU MAKE US ALL PROUD!

Posted by Danny King CDF Retired July 16, 08 05:00 AM
612.

God bless all the firefighters and all the people who live in those areaes and all that are involved. My prayers go out to all of them. I have my nephew and brother in law also a lot of friends that are firemen and I know just what they are going through.

Posted by John A. Suressi Sr. July 16, 08 05:03 AM
613.

Great pictures and thanks for bringing back a lot of fond memories during my career as a wildland firefighter, especially when I made Crew Captain and was in charge of a 15 man hand crew. If any of my fellow eninge crew members or hand crews members should see this thanks for all your help, retired now but headed south to Goleta to help my sister prepare to evacuate a few weeks ago sure brought back alot of good memories.

Posted by Kent Mc Vey July 16, 08 07:55 AM
614.

Thanks to all of those BRAVE Men and Women who risked their lives to help others!!! As a former resident of Santa Barbara (39) years I saw a few fires. This was Terrible!!

Posted by Dennis Noret July 16, 08 08:30 AM
615.

These pictures are truly amazing. They do make you begin to realize what firefighters go through. My family just moved from CA and now live in SD. I pray for all the families & our friends that are there, for the firefighters, and for their families-this is hard on all of them. The firefighters do such an amazing job, and put their lives on the line every time the bell goes off at the fire station. Not only do they deal with fires, they deal with horrible car wrecks, etc. It is not an easy job or life, but imagine our world without them. We would be lost.

Thank you to all who are fighting these fires. I pray for your safety and your sanity during this time and when you finally can go home again. Please know I appreciate all you do and you have my utmost respect for your choice of occupation.

As for #73: Jackie, according to the dictionary "a hero is someone who does a courageous deed" and also "wins admiration". I believe that the firefighters fall into both of those categories.

I wasn't going to write anything figuring most people that had responded to you pretty much told you how they feel. But I decided to pull out Webster's Dictionary and look up hero. I figured that you needed some education so the next time you decide to shoot your mouth off-you might think about checking your facts first. You can buy a dictionary at Barnes & Nobles or Borders, or you can even look words and their meanings up online.

What's really sad is that our men and women have fought for the freedom you have to say what you want, i.e., freedom of speech, so you won't be punished for your stupidity, er I mean, your comments. I wonder what you'd say to a firefighter who just pulled you out of a mangled car wreck or rescued you from a burning house? Would you say "you aren't a hero" after they just saved your life?

Forrest Gump said "Stupid is as stupid does"-Forrest is a lot smarter and has more compassion than you. I hope you realize your commentson this blog, were degrading and unneccesary.

Posted by Kathy July 16, 08 08:42 AM
616.

Be safe Angie...let's hope the fires are contained soon and you can return home.

Posted by Mom and Dad July 16, 08 08:51 AM
617.

No one more great at protecting us than those that lay down their lives for us. God bless the firefighters and peace officers that protect us.

Posted by Carol Ebbitt-A greatful American July 16, 08 08:51 AM
618.

My sister is a firefighter in California so i was looking to see if maybe she was in any of these photos. I know what these firefighters go through and they do not get nearly the recognition they so rightly deserve.

Posted by Laura July 16, 08 09:12 AM
619.

God Bless all those who put thier lives on hold to help those they don't even know.
Our prayers are with those fighting the fires. Pictures are amazing!!! Prayers from Wyoming.

Posted by KT in Wyoming July 16, 08 09:23 AM
620.

OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT TO ALL THOUGHT HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO DO THERE JOBS BLESS THEM ALL, AND TO THOSE WHOM HAVE LOST SO MUCH MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL. THE PICTURES ARE SO AMAZING.
BLESS ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN UP IN THE SKY AS WELL AS ALL THOSE ON THE GROUND. REMEMBER THAT GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU!

Posted by ROSIE & ROY KLAASSENS,CO July 16, 08 09:58 AM
621.

I have lived recently all of the scenes in these photos because I own two homes in Paradise, California. The firefighters from all over the state of California, and those from out of state are so weary, yet they continue to work under impossible conditions to save the structures they can at so much risk to themselves.

To say I am grateful is understating the fact. I am also grateful to the firefighter's families for doing without their family members for long stretches of the summer so that my family has a chance of saving our homes.

God bless the firefighters and their families.
Diana Toci

Posted by Diana Toci July 16, 08 10:42 AM
622.

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE WONDERFUL MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE FIGHTING THESE TERRIBLE FIRES. WE LIVE IN THE FLAT STATE OF FLORIDA, AND HAVE HAD OUR SHARE OF FIRES - BUT NOTHING LIKE CALIFORNIA. THESE MEN AND WOMEN DESERVE MOVIE STAR AND SPORTS PEOPLE SALARIES, NOT THE PITTANCE THEY MAKE!

Posted by JOANMARIE IN ORLANDO, FL July 16, 08 10:55 AM
623.

God Bless the Firefighters and all those who are involved in containing the fires. My prayers will be with you.

Posted by Janette July 16, 08 11:01 AM
624.

May God bless each and every firefighter out there....thank you for putting your life on the line to protect those of us who are unable to do so.

To those who have lost your homes or loved ones...May the Lord give you the strength to carry on and to recover from your losses. May you be blessed with a strong supportive circle of family and friends to help you in the weeks and months to come.

These photos are truly amazing. As a resident of Mendocino County living just over the hill from one of the fires still roaring its ungly flames....(7/21) after a month of smokey skies and watching the planes and helicopters flying to and from the front lines...I have prayed daily and will continue to do so until all the fires are out...for safety for all the firefighters!

Posted by L. Talso July 16, 08 11:29 AM
625.

God bless you all in your efforts to keep America safe.

Posted by Judy Laffoon July 16, 08 11:37 AM
626.

My daughter is a USFS firefighter and has worked the Piute fire at Lake Isabella for the last two weeks. She calls periodically during her "rest" period to keep me posted on her well being as well as her crew. Never do I hear her complain about how hard the work is or how tired she is. She thoroughly enjoys her work, as I'm sure every other firefighter does who has been fighting these wildfires throughout California. They don't do it for the praise or noteriety. Hopefully they know what phenomenal people they truly are.

God Bless them one and all!

Posted by Mary July 16, 08 11:52 AM
627.

May God bless each and everyone of you and we appreciate all your efforts.

Posted by Betty Foster July 16, 08 12:01 PM
628.

Amazing pictures............but nothing compared to what the firefighters are doing, great job, God bless them all !

Posted by Renata Lowsyn July 16, 08 12:12 PM
629.

God Bless all involved in fighting these fires. To my friend, Ken Duncan......Love you sweety, come home safely.

Posted by Robin July 16, 08 12:35 PM
630.

My heart goes to all the people involved - the ones who lost their homes and pets (that must be really painful), all their precious memorabilia, and most of all to the FIREFIGHTERS, who have to go through this incredible hardship. I will keep them in my prayers. So much damage and suffering! I’m so sorry for all of those involved – I cannot even imagine how I would deal with this situation, and hope that it will be better soon…

Posted by Lubica R. July 16, 08 01:00 PM
631.

Are there really words to express the tireless, dangerous, HOT, scary and every other word I can think of ways to thank these men and women putting their lives at risk. That's why they do what they do, it takes special people to get that job done and they are WAY UNDER PAID and way UNDER appreciated. My prayers go out to all of them, to the people who are living day to day wondering if their home is next. It just doesn't seem fair to have all of this tragedy. The best to all of you!! It makes my issues seem so small. GOD BLESS!! People in Maine are praying for you!

Posted by Trese July 16, 08 01:04 PM
632.

Many, Many Thanks to all the Firefighters all over our great country, my heart goes out to all the people who live where these fires are and also to the animals.
May the Good Lord Bless all our Firefighters, Military and Police Officers for making our Country the Greatest.

Posted by Millie McQuinn July 16, 08 01:10 PM
633.

I cried...
Thank you to all the firefighters!

Posted by Stacy July 16, 08 01:11 PM
634.

God Bless each and everyone of them.

Posted by Doug Lessa July 16, 08 01:29 PM
635.

Thanks to every firefighter and yes they are extremely brave, my man has been fighting those fires since the beginning of June. Last time I heard from him was then. Hopefully the fires will end and I will hear from him soon. LB

Posted by L. Beal July 16, 08 02:38 PM
636.

GOD BLESS OUR FIREFIGHTERS FOR RISKING THEIR LIVES WITH WORRIED
FAMILIES AT HOME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGEOUS WORK AND DEDICATION. THANK YOU FROM ALL CALIFORNIANS...

Posted by Michi July 16, 08 02:54 PM
637.

To # 73 Jackie, you must be a terribly lonely, uneducated, boring, and hateful person.

I think she has gotten enough attention that she was looking for and thriving for, poor selfish, pitiful person.

So let's just get back to the basics of this beautiful yet traumatic and tragic set of pictures.

HEROS come in all shapes, sizes, occupations, genders, religions, and races. These men and women are putting their lives on the line day in and day out for strangers and their homes and belongings.

GOD BLESS YOU! THANK YOU!

Posted by Cindi July 16, 08 03:09 PM
638.

The pictures were incredible and really touched me. Fires are so devastating and I can't thank all the fire crews and support staff enough for risking their lifes every minute they're out there trying to stop them.
GOD Bless each and everyone of you!

Posted by Deb July 16, 08 04:06 PM
639.

GOD BLESS, The Families, Especially the FIREFIGHTERS, and All Those that are Trying their Best to Help and do what ever they can. Can you Imagine what People are thinking in their Minds and Their Hearts? I know their Children and especially the Younger ones what they must be saying, .I Hope Everyone Has FOOD, and Medicine for the Sick Ones, I Hope if another Emergency arises that someone in a Family has to get Medical Attention, or to a Hospital, that they will find a way to get help. I wish there were something that I could do, I have a NIECE, and her Family live in Caalifornia, I PRAY To GOD, that they are all Ok, Again My PRAYERS and ALL Go out to Everyone there, and that EVERYONE Get the Help that is needed, and that NOONE Looses their Homes and Especially their LIVES...

Posted by Brenda July 16, 08 04:23 PM
640.

These incredible photos were sent to me by an extraordinary man--yes, a hero, in every sense of the word. He's my son-in-law, I'm proud to say, and a firefighter. His son, my step-grandson, is a member of a hot shot crew who has been working on the Paiute fire. I say prayers for him and his dad every day. I grew up in the Kern River Valley, and my mom, brother, daughter and many other loved ones and their families still live there. I've heard from them about the fires and the smoke and the worry for loved ones in harm's way, but nothing has made it so real as these moving (and oddly beautiful) photographs.

So...AMEN to all those who've written to say thank you and God bless to the men and women who are working so hard to do what they can to save the lives of people and their pets, homes and property, and just plain wilderness, because that's important, too. And never mind those who just don't get it, or those who feel a need to BLAME. Do they really matter?

Posted by Kathleen Creighton July 16, 08 04:34 PM
641.

My heart goes out to everyone effected by these fires, GOD BLESS!! The firefighters are awesome and amazing individuals, thanks for saving my house back in January and keep up the hard work! You are all in my prays, don't loose hope because everything will work out somehow, it did for me! Remember as long as you have your loved ones you have your most valueable assets!

Posted by Jerica July 16, 08 04:46 PM
642.

Consider this, some of these guys are paid near minimum wages and they are fighting fires - NOT to save people, since most of them have long since evacutated - but rather they are risking their lives to save the property of most rich people. Mountain chalets that they could never afford filled with stuff they could never afford owned by people that - under most other circumstances, wouldn't even give them the time of day. These are guys that are not motivated by the adventure or the thrill or the money but by the fact that someone needs their help. Some of these fire fighters have traveled, at their own expense, from other states, on their own, to help other fire fighters that they consider kindred spirits.

And then there are the pilots that fly in some of the most dangerous conditions in the air. As a retired pilot, I know the dangers of flying low into smoke with updrafts and downdrafts that can slam a plane into the ground before the pilot can respond. It also is very difficult to control the plane when it changes weight by tens of thousands of pounds within just seconds - as they dump their loads. These are not ordinary men and when this is over, we should not treat them like they are.

Posted by Tom July 16, 08 04:47 PM
643.

Horse Rescued From The Fireline (Mill Fire)

Published on Jul 16, 2008 - 5:57:53 AM

By: Soda Complex Fire Information Center

Upper Lake, CA - On July 15, 2008 at approximately 8:00 am firefighters working on the western and southwestern edge of the Mill Fire came across an injured horse as crews were constructing containment line and preparing for a backfire operation.

Firefighters assessed the injured horse and found that he sustained injuries to his front legs, abrasions and the horse appeared to be very dehydrated, weak and may have been in this condition for several days. It is suspected that the horse may have been spooked and ran off during the initial lightening storm several weeks ago.

Incident Commander, Dave Fiorella of Southern California Incident Management #3 ordered his Management Team to find a local veterinarian and for firefighters to prepare for a rescue mission. Dr Sherry Cronin D.V.M. of Covelo, CA was flown by helicopter into the area to assess the horse's condition prior to rescue.

Firefighters fed the horse apples from their fireline sack lunches and gave him water to help the horse recover. After a couple hours, the horse began to show signs of improvement and the veterinarian determined the horse's injuries were minor enough that firefighters could walk the horse to a ranch a few miles away.

Special Thanks to the Mendocino County Animal Shelter for helping to locate Dr Cronin and a temporary shelter location.

"Firefighters on the line have affectionately named the horse Mr. Ed."

Posted by Sherry Hart July 16, 08 04:52 PM
644.

We here in Montana had our bad fire season last year. Our son is chief in a small vol dept and was involved then. Our prayers go out to all.

Posted by lily brower July 16, 08 06:43 PM
645.

Why are you not wearing your gloves> Put that PPE on!

Posted by fireguy July 16, 08 06:54 PM
646.

Brave people fighting to preserve our beautiful country. God bless them all.

Posted by Ben Andreach - Sebastian, FL July 16, 08 07:37 PM
647.

I think it might be a good idea to just let all these fires burn themselves out.

Posted by Jeff July 16, 08 07:42 PM
648.

Thank you to all the men and women who make the sacrifices you do to keep us safe. These pictures gave me a new appreciation for the dedication and risks you all face in the field duty. May you all stay safe throuth these trying times. Again, thank you for you dedication.

Posted by Tawny July 16, 08 07:54 PM
649.

Amazing pictures! I cried thinking how hard these firefighters are working to save homes of families. Not only did these firefighters come from different parts of the country but the world. THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU! I live near the Piute fire and we are dealing with flooding of the area. God bless everyone as we struggle through these catasrophies.

Firefighters are HEROS!

Posted by Gina Wheeler July 16, 08 07:59 PM
650.

Such brave, selfless humans....It is hard to put into words the sacrifices of these Angels from Heaven.

Posted by Anne B July 16, 08 09:08 PM
651.

Impressive!

Posted by Anonymous July 16, 08 09:22 PM
652.

God Bless you, our firefighters, their families, who miss them. Please Lord, keep them safe and in your arms! Cover them with your love and presence! They are our heroes. Please keep them safe and in each of our prayers! Love them, and protect them, and pray for them! Come home safe and blessed! We love you.
Cath.

Posted by Cathleen M. Johnson July 16, 08 09:32 PM
653.

We thank God and our Fire fighters for their bravery and their dedication.

Posted by Ruth Butterfield July 16, 08 09:38 PM
654.


Fireman are my heroes, I am almost six years old and I live in Beverly Hills and I am so glad that we have so many brave men and women doing a great job.

Posted by Luca Norton July 16, 08 09:38 PM
655.

Thank God for our firefighters, what would we do without them.? Try putting yourself in their place, makes you think huh!

Posted by eleanor smith July 16, 08 09:49 PM
656.


My son Michael Daly is a FireFighter with Morro Bay, California FD and he is working the FIRES but I do not know where!!!
I live in Blaine, Ohio and would really like to know where he is and is he OK.
My prayers go out to all the people fighting those fires and a big Thank You to all our fire fighters thru out this country.

Posted by Butch Daly July 16, 08 10:36 PM
657.

My friend and I were up in the Sierras just trying to escape the smoke. We are both familiar with a firefighters plight. She a former fire fighter and I only the little sister who drove two sisters and 3 brothers several years ago to base camp in Lassen County at all times of day and night. Get the call and off we go. We would wait intil they called for a pick up hoping they were safe and not a casualty of smoke inhailation, dehydrytion or the worst. I don't ever recall fires as bad as this year. In fact a lady we meet way up in the mountains said her son was fighting fire up near Paradise. She couln't remember a time either. My prayers are with her and all the
other fire fighters and their families who are out there battling the blazes. Forest fires are no joke. Those men and women work hard.

Posted by Ruby July 16, 08 10:57 PM
658.

Thank you Boston for sharing your photos. We as a family live hear on the East Coast and our Niece, the only one that left the nest, lives on the West Coast, Sacramento, her inlaws in Paradise. And also, coming from a long line of Firefighters in the family, God bless all the firefighters and all the voulenteers involved. No one can ever imagine the enxiety a family of a firefighter goes through. Be safe and be strong. Posted by Alison from Rehoboth, Ma.

Posted by Anonymous July 16, 08 10:58 PM
659.

My brother Steve Stricklin is on the Plumas Hot Shots crew and we haven't heard from him since he called from the front lines of a fire on Father's Day. We don't know where he is.

Be safe, little brother, and call me when you can. I left a message on your cell phone last week.

God bless them all. Their halos are hidden by their hard hats.

Thank you, Alan, for the amazing photographs. I bet you had no idea those photos would generate this much response from across the globe.

Great job!

Posted by Sherry Hart July 16, 08 11:13 PM
660.

God bless everyone who is fighting these fires and watch over everyone who is suffering the loss of homes or loved ones.

Posted by D White, Missouri July 16, 08 11:31 PM
661.

God bless the men and women and volunteers who are manning the fight against nature and man's blazes. My grandson is going through firefighting training now and I am fearful of his safety when he will have to go out and do the same has the young and old firefighters in this amazing pictures.

It is too bad that some people have to use this space to sound off. Thank you for the pictures and most of all for the space to thank the firefighters.

Posted by Sandy Brainard, San Ramon, CA July 16, 08 11:53 PM
662.

I thank all the Fire fighters that have worked so hard to make sure we were all safe in the toughest times..

Posted by Mark Lumia July 17, 08 12:50 AM
663.

OUR PRAYERS ARE OUT TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO
SACRIFIFICED EVERY THING TO FIGHT THESE FIRES AND THE
ONES IN THE AIR. INCREDIBLE PHOTOS BY A HERO.
GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM.

Posted by Barbara Gaeke, Sun City West, Arizona July 17, 08 12:57 AM
664.

Thanks is never enough, but all I have to offer. God bless you all from someone who is safe in my home and very grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by Sonja Dominguez July 17, 08 02:02 AM
665.

WOW!!!! -These are truly some awesome pictures -- thanks for allowing the general public to see such beauty -- it's just too bad the beauty is so destructive. Living in Montana, I vividlt rmemeber the Yellowstone Park fires in 1988 -- and every year when we go through the park, it breaks my heart to see such devastation. We are just now seeing some pine trees about 5, 6 7 feet in growth -- people need to realize that though this is sometimes an act of Mother Nature cleasning a path for the future, the beauty that was destroyed is something that I will never see again in my lifetime.....PLEASE -- remind the pubic to be ever so careful and to protect our beauty in our forests.....

Posted by Humm Hummer July 17, 08 02:11 AM
666.

TO # 262 THE AHOLE WHO STARTED THESE FIRES IS A WELL KNOWN ARSONIST BY THE NAME OF A LIGHTENING BOLT.

Posted by Alice L July 17, 08 02:46 AM
667.

Sound off? Sometimes we need to sound off. How about this little reminder: "When the going gets tough - the tough get going"!

Where's Code Pink? Did any of you folks notice the pictures of the USMG aircraft dropping water on some of the most liberal, anti-military sections of California?

Next time you hear some idiot bad mouthing the United States Marine Corp or screaming to shut down a recruiting office, kindly remind them that "unifomred military personnel" not only risk their lives to keep our country safe, they risk their lives right along side fire department personnel to save everyone's property, lives and animals. Even loud-mouthed liberals.

Don't chicken out - remind them! You'll feel better.

Posted by M. J. Bee July 17, 08 03:15 AM
668.

AMAZING PHOTOS !!!! MAJOR THANKS TO OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND ALL WHO ARE HELPING.

Posted by MIKE July 17, 08 04:52 AM
669.

Thanks guys

Posted by Michael Paul Archibald July 17, 08 06:06 AM
670.

Why does everyone bring up GOD in all their posts....don't they realize that GOD is the one who allowed these fires to start in the first place? Is this him working in "mysterious ways"? What a jerk he must be.......

Posted by jordan July 17, 08 08:09 AM
671.

I guess Oklahoma tornados aren't so bad after all, at least there aare pieces left when it's gone.

Posted by David Baughn July 17, 08 09:46 AM
672.

To Jordan, comment #452. God is not the one who allowed the fires to start. But God is the one who provided the desire in so many people to help PUT THEM OUT. I feel sorry for anyone who believes God is at fault when things go bad. Remember, it's God who gives us the strength to face problems and carry on when we are ready to give up.

Posted by Carol G July 17, 08 10:41 AM
673.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Thank God for all first responders, wherever they go. We appreciate all you do for us. I remember photos I'll never forget and it usually involves a fireman, a policemen, or medical personel. Thank you all.

Posted by Shirley July 17, 08 11:35 AM
674.

what evidence is there that God even exists? these fires have been naturally started for thousands of years by lighting and other natural events. many plants depend on the naturally occuring fires to surivive. because of our increased levels of pollution in the atmosphere this area has become warmer and dryer, making more natural fires, an causing them to spread. i hate it when people put religion into everyday lives. Religion should only serve to better YOUrself and the money collectors...Also it's the people that fight the fires for tax-right-offs, volunteer work, for protecting their homes, salary, and for the greater good. again no god.

Posted by Pat S. July 17, 08 12:04 PM
675.

It takes a lot of us working together. I strongly appreciate all the hard work and good will. So sorry there were valued homes lost. Let tolerance of different viewpoints render incendiary comments diminished and superior attitudes vanquished as well.

Posted by Anna G - Lafayette CA July 17, 08 12:34 PM
676.

We in Paradise CA ( and it IS Paradise) will be eternally grateful for all the men and women to came to save our community from utter devistation..twice. The first fire, The Humboldt Fire destroyed 70 homes and countless out buildings..the second big threat; The Canyon Complex/Lighning fires that destroyed over 50 homes are still burning, but within fire lines cut by extremely brave souls in very difficult terrain; the brazen & amazing aerial feats of the many pilots deploying water and fire retardent. Without you, we wouldn't be able to say thank you. Sadly, the first fire has just been designated as an arson caused fire, the second by lighning.
To say THANK YOU will never be enough. To all the fire fighters that came from around our beautiful state and those who came from long distances all over the U.S., Law Enforcement, EMS teams, animal recovery teams and all the volunteers...we will forever owe you a huge debt of gratitude...Bless each and every one of you...

Posted by Theresa Williams-Paradise CA July 17, 08 12:35 PM
677.

I dont live in California but my brother used to be a firefighter. I cant imagine what you go through, but I will keep you in my prayers always.
You all take good care of yourselves and may God bless.

Posted by cynthia barnett July 17, 08 12:45 PM
678.

Pat S. #456, WTF ? People are being appreciative of people working hard to help others. Some do it to get out of incarceration for awhile, some as they are ordered to, some for $9.75 an hour and some volunteer. As you can tell, ALL risk their lives. So what is your berating religious rant about. Maybe one day you will find God in whatever denomination suits you, but until then, bug out if blogs like this because your message is way out of line.
Cheers!

Posted by M. Lyon July 17, 08 12:49 PM
679.

To all of our firemen....Thank you. And may God Bless You and your families for lending you to this catastrophe. Again, THANK YOU.

Posted by Cassnadra McKenzie July 17, 08 02:00 PM
680.

What great pics of a horrible fire. I used to be a fireman and fought fires in the wa r hat were scarry with ammo blowing up in front of you and other men. My hats off to these men fioghting these fires in that heat. I hope they all come out as lucky as I did. They all deserve the greatest merits that can be given.

Posted by Kendall Silver July 17, 08 02:08 PM
681.

Makes you want to plant a tree to save our planet from those nasty carbon dioxide emissions doesn't it?

Posted by Bud July 17, 08 02:19 PM
682.

I just want to say I could never imagine going through an ordeal such as the Cal. wildfires. I think regardless of what others may say (#73) a hero can be defined many different ways. I bet the people actually going through this would call every last firefighter and volunteer a hero. I know I do and I don't even live there. It's just too bad that it takes this kind of tragedy for people to come together. I wish all the victims the best of luck, I hope you all come through this ok. You firefighters are some awsome people! God will bless you for your big hearts and courageous efforts. I also wanna give a holler to all the families (victims and firefighters) that have to sit back helplessly and watch from afar. Your loved ones are being watched over. All of these people will be our hearts and thoughts as my children and I pray tonight.

Posted by Kristi July 17, 08 02:36 PM
683.

Thanks to all fire firghters. May God be with you all during these difficult times

Posted by David Clinkaberry July 17, 08 02:38 PM
684.

Absolutely amazing photo's. They give me a better sense of what's it's like to be out there.

Firefighters rock!!!

Posted by Tim July 17, 08 03:34 PM
685.

Thank you to all of the fire fighters and emergency crews.

Posted by Sharon July 17, 08 03:37 PM
686.

I couldn't go through all the comments to make sure I am not repeating any, but as a Californian of almost 30 years, I can say this regarding CA fires:
-This is a HUGE state. There are millions of acres of forest. There is no way to use our resources to clear them of underbrush and dead trees.
-Even if you clear a "defensible space" around your house, a really big fire is going to rip through and burn it down.
-The lightning storms that ignited these fires are a particular type of storm which usually hit in late summer/early fall. This contributed to the "perfect storm" for a bad fire season---drought, and a dry climate overall.

Our firefighters, police, rescue workers (and others) are some of the most experienced in the world, unfortunately, due to fires, floods, and earthquakes. Bless them.

Posted by Betty H-Sacramento, CA July 17, 08 04:11 PM
687.

Thank god there are still brave people to take care of our country!!

Posted by Jerry Meerkreebs July 17, 08 04:24 PM
688.

Words cannot express the admiration I have for the men out there fighting the many fires in California and across the nation. They give up their time with their families to work in unbelievable conditions to keep our homes safe. They are nothing short of heros in my book. God Bless Them.

Posted by Jackie Dickey July 17, 08 04:59 PM
689.

In response to Wes' comment (#20).... and others
Maybe one of the reasons for the lack of "better management" is because of those who strive to keep radical ecological philosophies in place. Those who would call it a travesty to the balance of the eco-system to step on a weed, much less take some possibly much needed preventative measures, such as, clearing dead understory, cutting down and removing dying or compromised plant material. But, it may be about the monetary cost, also.

Above all, I commend the courage and commitment of the firefighters and volunteers who are battling these devastating fires with such integrity. May God RAIN down His mercy on all of us... in His perfect time. God bless all of you.

Posted by Kathleen July 17, 08 05:06 PM
690.

Pat S. I feel extremely sorry for you in your lack of hope.

Posted by Carol July 17, 08 05:33 PM
691.

My precious 19 year old son is out there fighting the fires and in my eyes he is a HERO for even wanting to do such a thing. In the line fire when most of us run the other way, our men and woman firefighters run into it. That is what makes a HERO. To all the HERO's.... God Speed and come home soon.. We love you Jase.

Posted by Jodie Indrebo, Cameron Park, CA July 17, 08 05:44 PM
692.

Clearly #73 has never been on a fire line or in a burning building. The audacity!

In some of the areas these fires are burning we have been having heat waves in the tripple digets for days at a time. Many of these fires have been burning for just shy of a month now. The smoke is just begining to clear.
Thanks to all those putting themselves in danger and suffering the exhaustion of fighting these fires in some of the most treacherous terrain of northern California. You earn every penny and every bit of respect you recieve.

Posted by Aaron Donahue July 17, 08 05:45 PM
693.

# 73...you IGNORANT person!! How DARE you say this about ALL OF OUR HEROS!!!! They are out there in this ungodly heat, in full bunkers, fighting to save each and everyone there in CA. You are worthless. That was mean and unhumane to say about OUR HEROS!!!! I thank God for each and everyone of you firefighters, and ALL that have come in and help fight these horrific fires. Each and everyone of you are so brave and so strong. I put each and everyone of you on a pedastol. May God bless you all....# 73....as one comment was made...read the dictionary....look up heros....Don't comment here unless you have something nice to say. Don't degrade OUR HEROS!!!!!

Posted by cindy M. Smith July 17, 08 05:45 PM
694.

We put a man on the moon, why can't we use the ocean water to ward off the dry spells that nourish the catatrophic lightning strikes. There must be a way to bring water to the mountains, forests..... For those who will laugh at this suggestion, I found only one other person had the same idea, remember they laughed at Col-umbus when he said the world was round!

God bless all who are involved in this tragedy. Everyone should get down on his/her knees to ask forgiveness for a nation which is trying so hard to eliminate religion from its shores.

Posted by K. Taylor July 17, 08 06:03 PM
695.

God Bless each and everyone of them. Thank you to all the firefighters.

Posted by Yuk July 17, 08 07:31 PM
696.

God bless the fire fighter and the hard work and long hours they put in. #73 your a moron.

Posted by Patrick Mccaslin July 17, 08 07:50 PM
697.

WOW

Posted by Anonymous July 17, 08 09:08 PM
698.

to #73 - Open mouth, insert foot!!
"Don't answer a fool in his folly, he may think himself wise."
"Answer a fool in his folly, he may think himself wise."
Proverbs

Posted by Sandra July 17, 08 09:56 PM
699.

#693 If you've never been surrounded by fire and are in danger of the forest fire crowning, or been lost in a flurry of embers and thick dense smoke as I am sure # 73 never has nor have I, however I have family that has as well as friends that have faced those very scenarios and didn't turn and run and that is a courageous act of the highest degree and anyone that disagrees has never been there I'm not sure what I would do in such a situation but I'm really glad that those BRAVE SOULS that fight these horrendous fire do their jobs and I say hats off to them, and if you don't agree with this statement then get up and sign up and go on the fire line and fight a fire or two then write a comment thanks

Posted by steve July 17, 08 10:12 PM
700.

Wow!! These pictures are stunning our hats are off to all the firefighters both men and women for each day they risk their lives out there while we all go about our lives. We live in Colorado and we have been having fires here too. (of course not this bad yet!!!) We shiver everytime we get a thunderstorm with dry lightning just the other day a fire started near our home because of that. And some say we don't have Global warming, maybe they should go fight these fires. Fires in the west and flooding in the midwest our earth is doomed. Anyway God bless to all the ones fighting those fires.

Posted by wendy July 17, 08 11:06 PM
701.

TO ALL THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE FIRE-LINES:

As a former California resident, currently residing in another state, and the mother of a volunteer fire-fighter, I thank each of you sincerely for your efforts battling these fires, and I pray constantly for your safety. You are all very much appreciated!!

Posted by P. C. Stearns July 17, 08 11:48 PM
702.

To tell you the truth # 73, everybody is a hero in their own way. Obviously you don't stay up all hours of the night waiting and hoping that your dad and mom are alright saving someone else. So don't be down talking the firefighters, because they are hero's.

Posted by Jessie July 17, 08 11:56 PM
703.

The awesome one of the CH54B helicopter dropping retardant , is actually not an Erickson but an HTS inc, working out of San Bernardino. Great shot though !

Posted by ROCCO July 18, 08 12:00 AM
704.

GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WEMEN HELPING OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE.
YOU ARE ALL SO APPRECIATED. WE THANK YOU AND PRAY FOR YOUR SAFETY. AS WELL AS THE SAFETY OF OUR LOVED ONES IN THE FIRE AREAS.

WE HAVE SEEN TOO MANY RED SUNS. THE SMOKE IS A PROBELM, BUT KNOW YOU ARE DOING YOUR BEST.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

Posted by HARRIET SMITH July 18, 08 12:17 AM
705.

#73 is an ungrateful sloth. Anyone who puts themselves in danger to protect others is a hero in my book. They may be named Tom, Dick and Harry, and Jane also. I celebrate these brave, rough men and women who stand in harms way to protect the rest of us. HERO? You bet! Thank you all you brave souls.

Posted by Nancy Walicki July 18, 08 01:17 AM
706.

I've looked at these photos over and over. They are among the most remarkable news photos I've ever seen. This series ought to be submitted for a Pulitzer prize

Posted by Duff Gainey July 18, 08 01:36 AM
707.

Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures. God Bless all who helped ,and are still helping with all the fires, in our great state of California. For all of you, who are posting negative comments,I JUST HOPE YOU CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT, WITH THE PEACE OF MIND ,THAT SOME DAY YOU WON'T NEED THE ASSISTENCE, OF THESE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN ,WHO ARE OUT THERE TRYING TO KEEP US ALL SAFE FROM THESE FIRES.

Posted by PENNY D from Ceres,Ca. July 18, 08 02:18 AM
708.

To #73, you poor, uneducated, clueless and heartless person. Heroes come in ALL shapes, sizes, from all different backgrounds, places and all have one thing in common. Their LOVE FOR MANKIND.

This, dear Jackie, is something you do not have. Make you be forgiven for your ignorance. Some day you may feel love for others, and God willing, maybe even for yourself.

Posted by Katie Grove-Velasquez July 18, 08 02:29 AM
709.

In answer to #73 comments.
After thirty seven years of wild land fire fighting with the State and the U.S. Forest Service, I can not state that I was a hero one hundred times or even once. It was my job. I also was a structural firefighter and the dangers though different, can be fatal. We lost 13 young lives in this State a few years back fighting a wildland fire and I do not remember a roof collapsing on them. They were brave and couragest, protecting property just as a structural firefighter. In fact, a structural fire fighter does not have to worry about a fire running at 15 to 20 miles per hour at them.

Posted by Don July 18, 08 04:33 AM
710.

Living "behind the pine curtain" in East Texas, these images evoke a feeling of "realism behind the news". Forwarded from friends living close on north California border in Brookings OR. Even THEY feel the heat . . .
Absolutely devastating. Such beauty devoured. Sadness for all the loss.
Strength to all involved including the homeowners and firefighters.
Durability to the insurance companies participating in restoration!
Hope to all.

Posted by Frances July 18, 08 09:30 AM
711.

Thanks to all the firefighters who put their lives on the line every day.....without their sacrifices our natural resources, wildlife, human lives, ecosystems would be in further jeopardy. May god be with them..
sharon

Posted by sharon July 18, 08 09:50 AM
712.

When the large lumber companies ran the forrests, we never had great fires like this. I wonder if the government could try and let them take care of our forrests again?

Posted by Ronald R. Berkan July 18, 08 10:21 AM
713.

God bless the firefighters and my prayers.

Posted by guadalupe leal July 18, 08 11:26 AM
714.

Praise God for these firefighters and for the tools we are given to fight these fires. I thank God that he is working through these people to put the fires out. Praise him for all of the people who are safe and unharmed. In the Mighty name of Jesus Amen.

Posted by Sharmy Gaboriault July 18, 08 11:54 AM
715.

Thank you to ALL firefighters - any and everyone connected to a fire in any way!!
And to the photographers who bring the fires to us in a very real way - job well done!

To #73: You need to respond to every single comment directed at you with a complete, serious, heartfelt response. It would be akin to a college thesis! And you might even learn something in the process.

Posted by SENNHCA July 18, 08 12:23 PM
716.

# 712 When large lumber companies RAN OVER the forest they removed the fuel --clear cut is not the answer.

Read # 101 an intelligent response.

As Bill Maher says: "why do we have to be the stupid country?"

how many more Katrina's do we need to wake up?

Nature is the great equalizer

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Posted by humboldt hunny July 18, 08 12:33 PM
717.

my family lives 5 miles away from parts of the fire. please pray for them to make it out of this fire.

Posted by JessicaS. July 18, 08 01:03 PM
718.

It is hard to imagine the energy that it takes to be a fire fighter in a forest fire. The heat and smoke as well as the time on the line can make even the strongest man become exhausted.

Posted by BILL BELL July 18, 08 01:37 PM
719.

Great stuff. The fire fighters may have kept my home from being burned down..

Posted by D. Gillin, Lake Tahoe July 18, 08 01:51 PM
720.

Wow! Number 73 was a little harsh. Firefighters are true heroes, no doubt about it. I don't care if they're fighting a fire in a building that could collapse or out there in the wild. It's dangerous either way. Apparantly she never heard about the group of wildland firefighters who lost their lives some years back, there was a great documentary on TV about it. I think it should run again so everyone can see what heroes they are. God bless them all!

Posted by Jennie July 18, 08 01:59 PM
721.

It’s hot.
The smoke I draw into my lungs replaces the oxygen so desperately needed.
The dirt beneath my boots crumbles and slips away down an impossible slope fit only for mountain goats.
It’s hot.
The gear on my back helps to keep me alive; the weight of it threatens to crush me to my knees.
The shovel in my hands is both friend and worst enemy; I cannot let it go from my clenched fist.
It’s hot.
The bright orange glow that is the sky is hellish and beautiful at the same time; a spell binding inferno.
The dirt in my teeth grinds with the acid taste in my mouth and brings a silent scream to my throat.
It’s hot.
To my right is fire. To my left is smoldering ruins. In front and behind are others like me.
We are sharp shadows and outlines of human kind stalking our prey in this Other world.
It’s hot.
The fire beckons and taunts us. The forest bleeds and cries.
Our leader gestures us forward and we walk together into Hell.

Posted by Dragon-Fur July 18, 08 02:40 PM
722.

Jackie, #73, when you do not know what you're talking about, don't try to educate the rest of the world with your "off the chart unfounded" beliefs. I have been in a forest fire and the heat, ungodly sound, the terror generated by such ferocious flames is something a person NEVER wants to experience again. But the firefighters go back into those fires to try to save the forest AND homes and lives. Yes, may God Bless the firefighters, HERO , each one !

Posted by Dee P. July 18, 08 02:49 PM
723.

I think God can only realize what these firefighters are going through. #73, you need to get your head out of your a-- and realize these men and women are the bravest of heroes that we could ever have. You probably think our men overseas are probably just doing their job too. If you think it's so easy, why don't you try it. I didn't think so. God bless you firefighters (hero's) and may God help you along the way, along with our fighting men in the East. You are America's truest heroes. More power toyou.

Posted by Vickie N. July 18, 08 03:36 PM
724.

OMG SOMEONE DELETE #73 HOW CAN SHE SAY THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOT HEROS... I LIVE IN OHIO RIGHT NOW AND MY FAMILY STILL LIVES IN CALIFORNIA AND MY SISTER USE TO FIGHT THOSE FIRES OUT THERE AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING LADY ANYONE WHO CAN JUMP FROM PLANES AND CLIMB THOSE MOUNTIAN AREAS DIGGING AND HOPING THEY DON'T HAVE A BACK FIRE COMING IN ON THEM AND GETTING TRAPPED OR LOOSING THE BATTLE OF TRYING TO GET A FAMILY OUT AND THE HOTNESS OF THE SUIT AND FIRES ALONE. AND YOU CLAIM THEM NOT TO BE HEROS ARE YOU NUTS!!! THOSE MEN ARE HEROS AND DESERVE A MEDAL AND MORE FOR WHAT THEY DO FOR THE STATE AND OTHER STATES WHO NEED THEM.... WAKE UP LADY.... YOUR HOUSE MAY NEED THEM ONE DAY OR CHILDRENS.... GOD BLESS YOU MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING AND WORKING SO HARD TO GET THESE FIRES UNDER CONTROL YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS.....

Posted by GLORIA D. July 18, 08 05:22 PM
725.

i live in Scotland, and we do not get fires like that here, so i wish you all to be safe

Posted by Lenore Fraser July 18, 08 05:42 PM
726.

Our love, prayers and thanks are extended to all of you who serve; you are heroes.

For those of you affected directly by these infernos, our prayers and positive thoughts are sent your way.

To the rest of CA, nature does take its course. Please protect your homes, neighbors and property and clear your perimeter to your best ability. Your life may depend upon it.

God bless you all.

Posted by PRoberts July 18, 08 05:46 PM
727.

wow, thats just plain CRAZY!!!

Posted by Meredith Nunnink July 18, 08 06:46 PM
728.

TO #73: I have two sons in CalFire service, and it's serious, deadly business. Since these fires began, they have been in various parts of the state doing what they do best: saving lives and property. They hardly walk around sprinkling water on an ember like you would water your flowers, and have a broader spectrum of concerns than mere fire vs. water (terrain, wind, chemicals, manpower, strategy, supplies, just to name a few). They carry 90 lbs of equipment and drag charged hoses up and down areas where you couldn't even traverse on a cool, clear day. I wonder if your comments were made just to "shake the tree" a little. I'd rather think that than believe you would issue such statements out of sheer ignorance and stupidity. Either case is despicably crass and boringly juvenile.

Posted by BJ in California July 18, 08 07:00 PM
729.

# 699....my comment is on # 693....I am so sorry if I offended you or anyone. All I wanted to do was put my point across about #73. Everyone out there fighting all these fires are so brave and will forever be heros....Nonone has a right to say that all these firefighters, etc. etc. are NOT heros....I am so sorry if what I said came out the wrong way to you. I wish that I could list all those incredable people out there that are helping....Each and everyone of you are only the best in my eyes. My husband was a firefighter in Colorado for 10 years. My son is now a firefighter here in South Dakota as well. If I could go there myself and help these people I would....I am so sorry to anyone if I offended anyone. I thank GOD for each and everyone that is out there everyday in this heat.....the poem about the firefighter is just incredable. I hope that I haven't upset anyone else about commenting on # 73....If I have....I hope that you forgive me....

Posted by Cindy M. Smith July 18, 08 07:53 PM
730.

We live in Paradise, CA - directly on the canyon- and have been evacuated twice in the past 3 weeks. The first time ( West Fire)was absolutely terrifying for us former Midwesterners- Where are the pictures of the kids growing up and our wedding? Where is the dog? Is someone taking care of the folks next door that are 90 years old and fragile both physically and mentally? Is the fact that there are firefighters parked in our driveway 24 hours a day a good or bad thing?
The second time (Camp Fire) happened 5 days later- in hyperspeed -and 50 of our neighbors lost their homes in the early morning hours. Suddenly, our resident firefighters were gone to more immediate priorities. We repacked the cars and said Goodbye to our home again. It was different this time, though. Call it
desensitization or an existential paradigm shift or just plain old "What the hell, it's out of our hands so lets go to the shelter and help out where we can"" but we just knew and still know that we will be told when we have to leave in plenty of time to be safe and that is just good enough. And we have some awesome pictures of Sky Cranes and Chinooks to share with our grandkids!

Posted by Teena Sorensen July 18, 08 09:20 PM
731.

Beautiful ,dangerous,
chimerical.
The photo of fire
in a tree:
gas
within a solid,
near plasma
in scope
of definition.

Posted by KaNO July 18, 08 10:30 PM
732.

Our prayers go out to all those who may lose their homes and pets. We do not have fires like this in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. However we do have some fires in north and west, but not as devistating as this.

Posted by J & V Peace July 19, 08 04:21 AM
733.

These are just GREAT Photo's , just GREAT !

Posted by Tom July 19, 08 07:33 AM
734.

Woha ,I have never seen something like that!!!
How powerfull!...Hope it will end very soon...

Posted by Laura,Italy July 19, 08 08:33 AM
735.

732. The USA is so blessed to have such wonderful people to give their service to defend their fellowmen from this awesome fire.

Posted by betty Scott July 19, 08 09:14 AM
736.

Keith, Wes is right, the forests can be thinned and managed to be healthy so they can burn slowly and with less distruction even if they are started by lightning! The people who stop the forest service from thinning and managing are to blame. They worry about rats that have survived fires, floods and humans, yet after these catastrophic fires the rats will still be there and the people will rebuild and we will see this again. After 100 years of stopping natural fires it is only going to get worse in years to come. People need to understand that fire is nutures way of cleaning out the trash and revitalizing the forest. A green forest is not always a healthy one....

Posted by Chris July 19, 08 11:12 AM
737.

Ich habe die Bilder gesehen und bin zutiefst betroffen. Wir wünschen allen Geschädigten Mut und Kraft für einen Neubeginn.
Grüsse aus der Schweiz (Switzerland)

Posted by René Ernst July 19, 08 11:36 AM
738.

#73 has clearly not lost to the distruction of a fire. When she has suffered
from fire loss she may change her tune. Our firefighters are truly heros!!
I thank god everyday for these brave men and women. They give their all!!

Unbelievable photos! God protect these brave people! Our prayers
go out to all the people who may have or will loose their homes and pets
due to these fires.
God bless you all. You are in our prayers everyday.

Posted by Janeen B. July 19, 08 12:12 PM
739.

Thank you for your hard hours that you have put in,and still working. Knowing that mother nature is so much bigger than any one of us. You are all doing a great job. WE know that with the Fire Fighters gone from there family's they also need our Prayers to get through this time to bring there loved ones home safely.
We should be glade that we have men and women that give there lives everyday to help in dangerous areas of our country. Know that you and your family's are in our everyday prayers.This seems to always help me when I don't understand Why.
John 16:33 Read when you have quite time


Posted by Donna Eklind July 19, 08 12:54 PM
740.

You guys have been an inspiritation to everyone in the U.S.A and you will stay like that always. May God be with you always!

Posted by Michelle July 19, 08 01:23 PM
741.

These photo's are just amazing, I am truly very touched, Our fire fighters are the best they should get lots of credit for saving as much as they do, Thank you firemen & women all over our wounerful state. Renie

Posted by RenieLlamas July 19, 08 02:06 PM
742.

Words cannot express the admiration I feel for these brave firefighters.....they are risking their lives on a daily basis to help all the victims of these horrendous fires. My prayers are with them all. I live in California, thankfully not too close, but I see the smoke and the ashes falling as the wind shifts. God bless thes e wonderful individuals and all the victims as well . THANK YOU !!!

Posted by Ruth LoRusso July 19, 08 02:33 PM
743.

I'm moved to tears... A heart felt thanks to all the hard working back country fire fighters out there. God bless you!

Posted by John July 19, 08 07:24 PM
744.

Be very careful # 73 what you bring down on yourself with your mouth,you never know when the situation may be reversed! What would you do if no one answered your emergency need?
I have 2 grandsons and other friends and relatives who are fighting fire in the Shasta area at this moment and will be away from home and thier children for an undetermined amount of days..weeks? So DO NOT say they are not Hero's because they are!! How dare you to be so insensitive to others and thier willingness to risk their lives to save the lives and homes of others.
My prayers are with them all as well as my admiration for the courage they have in doing a job people like you are not willing to do!
My grandsons are my Hero's,and I love you very much.

Posted by GeeGeema2 July 19, 08 09:25 PM
745.

B. W. from Glendale, Arizona Your my hero pal!!! Stay safe flying your plane and God bless you for what you do in California. See you when you get back. F.W. Surprise, Arizona.

Posted by Fran Whittemore July 19, 08 09:38 PM
746.

the smoke is all the way and that means almost all of the fires are out.

Posted by Nathaniel Tollman July 19, 08 11:19 PM
747.

#73, you have no idea what you are talking about. Wildland firefighting has its own unique set of hazards, many of them have lost their lives.

For those of who you do want to do something for the people that have lost a loved one, I can think of two different places that would be glad to take a donation to help.

Both the Wildland Firefighter foundation, and the Airtanker pilots association, both have memorial funds to try to give some assistance to famiies/spouses that lose someone in the line of duty. They could both use your assistance very much.

Posted by Ron Chambless Boise ID July 20, 08 12:16 AM
748.

These awesome photos show what words can't describe. God Bless all of you out there..........

Posted by Elly Kriz July 20, 08 01:53 AM
749.

I'm from Montana and I have 2 sons and nephew that are in California firefighting and I'm very proud of them and their crew. My sons and nephew are my heros. I give a round of applause for all the firefighters that put their lives at risk to save and protect the homes, forest and lives. May God bless you all for what you are doing.

Posted by Ida Eastman July 20, 08 05:40 AM
750.

Hi all, as I read the comments of others, I have to say thanks, well first of all I am a wildland firefighter of 30 years, I don't know if you can call us hero’s, we are just people trying to bo our best to make a living. As a US Forest Service employee, I can tell you we don't make a lot of money, we do work hard and long hours, sometimes 32+hours shifts protecting other peoples homes and property, and sometimes we are protecting and putting fires out in peoples homes, cars or backyards, this year has been a very rough one do to lack of qualified leaders we do not have as many Engine, and crews as usual, so it make it a little bit tough on us who are left. But when it comes down to it, we the Forest Service are here for you, the timber use in the forest helped fund alot of timber stand improvements, and without those funds, we do not have the funds to do the work that needs to be done to keep the understory growth of the forests in check, lets not even get into the mess that outsourcing has caused, we can only do so much, and appreciate all of your support, Thank you

Posted by Marcus Spivey July 20, 08 10:18 AM
751.

I would like to thank all the men and women who are risking their lives fighting the disasterous wildfires in California. Many of us watch the fires on TV and think "my goodness this is terrible" then continue on with our lives. We do not feel the terrible pain of those who are losing their homes and all of their possessions. The firefighters working so hard to save these people, their homes, pets, wildlife, etc. are heros in my book. For those of you who believe in God and His miracles, take time out from your everyday life and say a prayer. Prayer can work miracles and the firefighters and residents of those communities need all the help they can get.

Posted by Peggy James July 20, 08 10:27 AM
752.

God bless you for all that you are doing ................amazing

Posted by Carmen Arana July 20, 08 11:31 AM
753.

WOW. GOD BLESS.TO YOU ALL.AND GOOD LUCK

Posted by scott shields July 20, 08 01:43 PM
754.

If you want to help the understory, let the fires burn in remote areas. That still means structure protection but don't waste money and resources trying to put it out. USFS fires started by lightning. Fires on the Six Creeks and Klamath will burn all summer regardless of trying to put a line around them.

Posted by mrcoffee July 20, 08 02:01 PM
755.

WOW. GOD BLESS.TO YOU ALL.AND GOOD LUCK

Posted by scott shields July 20, 08 02:31 PM
756.

The pictures are sure a wake up call. What can be More devastating (nothiNG) Not

even tornados, floods, hurricanes. Thank heavens for the brave firefighhter.

Give them a raise!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ruth--san diego July 20, 08 03:54 PM
757.

I’m so glad to see America doing something to save things and help people for a change, instead of destroying things and hurting people. What a pleasant
change of pace , (even though we are just saving our own things and helping our own people). Now I have a little something to be proud of, instead of being
embarrassed and ashamed at our country’s gratuitously bestowing upon other nations, needless death and destruction. Great pix man! Thanks, I needed that...

Posted by Scotto July 20, 08 04:02 PM
758.

Each morning when I woke to the smell of smoke, I thought of the firefighters. Everyday that it appeared overcast while the temperature soared over 100, I felt for the firefighters. Now when my sky is blue again and my air smells clean, I thank God for those firefighters.

Posted by Sharron July 20, 08 05:05 PM
759.

To coment #73
Jackie, No hero thinks of himself as one. Were just a bunch of guys and girls doing our jobs. In 1981 I was injured rescuing a little girl from a burning building. I could not have done this without the help of the other firemen involved. At that time we had no women on our department. Therefore i will use the word firemen. Today firefighters of both sexes do unexpected acts of valor with little regard to self, but only to serve and protect. For you to say ,manning a hose or driving a truck does not constitute a hero, is is without knowledge or experience. Did you ever think that the support services also play a crucial role in firefighting sucess? Someone has to service the equipment, feed the firefighters fuel the equipment, ad infinitum. Regardless of wether one is a wildland firefighter, shipboard firefighter,airport firefigher, volunteer firefighter, or city fireman ,the risks are just the same. We are a brother/sisthehood that you will never comprehend. Untill you look into the face of the beast, you will never know the responsibilities we have taken an oath on, in your behalf, After 31 years I don't speak from a lack of experience, but from a position of pride in my brothers and sisters, still on the front line. To you my brothers and sisters "Keep the faith"

Posted by Mike O July 20, 08 05:13 PM
760.

I, too, must take #73 to task for her ignorant statement about heroes. She desperately needs to educate herself about the nature of forest fires and their path of destruction prior to bashing our brave firefighters. God bless one and all fighting these devastating fires, and we pray for their safe return.

Posted by Jo July 20, 08 06:37 PM
761.

God bless all the firefighters! To Commenter #73, it's true that "Every single human on earth faces some danger everyday;" but not all of us go into a life-threatening situation willingly and every time we go to work! If this job doesn't require a hero, are you willing to go to California and help out?

Posted by Pattie July 20, 08 07:20 PM
762.

We are so proud of and grateful for our wonderful, brave Firefighters! My husband and I prayed for you through the GAP fire (very close to our street) and we thank God for no loss of life to you! It seems to take something like this experience to show us what is really important in life! We are in our 80's and my husband is housebound. Dear friends came to get us on the 3rd of July and we spent 3 days with them...None of us would have a chance for life and safety without the tireless service our firemen, policemen and soldiers give for us. thank you and God be with you and yours. Betty and Hank Rosness

Posted by Betty and Hank Rosness July 20, 08 07:23 PM
763.

Do any of you realize how closely related these fires are to climate change? These fires ensued after the driest spring on record, no rain for three months in northern Cali. This isn't normal. These conditions are not an isolated event. These brave firefighters are risking their lives to save the houses of people who encroached upon forest wild land and fighting fires that are related to our indulgent and abusive, addicted behavior here on earth. Our consumption of fossil fuels and our refusal to look at the consequences of our actions are fueling this fire. We are responsible. God has nothing to do with torching this beautiful creation. I think he's in heaven choaking on this horrible smoke.

Posted by E. Nuf July 20, 08 09:34 PM
764.

THE FIRES WE HAD LAST YEAR REALLY TAUGHT US HOW CALFIRE AND OTHER AGENCIES HAVE DEVELOPED A WAY TO WORK TOGETHER. THEY HAVE GONE TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO TEACH THEM THIS GREAT WAY TO GET TOGETHER AND WORK AS ONE. THIS FIRE IS HORRIABLE, I WISH THEY COULD FIND THE PERSON WHO CAUSED THEM BUT ITS THE LIGHTING STRIKES THAT HAVE MADE IT START. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THE WORK OUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS HAVE AND ARE DOING.

Posted by KITTI HAUCK July 20, 08 11:23 PM
765.

THANK ALL OF YOU FIREFIGHTERS FOR PUTTING YOUR LIFES ON THE LINE, YOU ARE ALL HEROS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND ALWAYS KEEP YOU SAFE IN YOU FIGHT TO KEEP US ALL SAFE.

Posted by DEBBIE July 21, 08 12:04 AM
766.

these pics are only half of fires going in cali right now. norcal is burning like crazy too. i'd like to tell my fellow aviators and firefighters to be safe out there. it's gonna be a long season.

Posted by Dan July 21, 08 01:12 AM
767.

These photos only show that no where in the United States of America are there any firefighters that are not brave and do not risk their lives for us. In New York on 9-11, we saw true heros. And now in the West, in California, we have the same heros. As a police man for 21 years, my hat goes off to these men and women who risk their lives to save us, our forests, our property. You guys are awesome! What team work!!!

Kevin
Los Angeles

Posted by Kevin Murphy July 21, 08 01:29 AM
768.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS OUT THERE WHO ARE BUSTING THEIR HUMPS TO KEEP US SAFE UP HERE IN CHESTER, CA. WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THE PARADISE FIRE UP OUR WAY AND OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES IN THIS TRAGIC FIRE. OUR COMMUNITY HAS REALLY OPENED ITS HEARTS TO THE HUNDREDS OF FIRE FIGHTERS WHO HAVE SET UP CAMP AT BOTH OUR ELEM. AND HIGH SCHOOLS. I CANT EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU ALL HOW MUCH I RESPECT AND ADMIRE WHAT YOU ALL DO FOR US. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE AND DEDICATION TO THE CAUSE.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!
JENNIFER ROBERTS AND FAMILY
CHESTER, CA

Posted by JENNIFER ROBERTS July 21, 08 09:23 AM
769.

Yep, that's what we do, fight fire, save lives, deliver babies.
Heros. Yep, that's what we do!

Posted by Ron July 21, 08 11:31 AM
770.

I take my hat of to these gent's,i only hope that they get EVERY thing they would like out of life and keep safe.

Posted by Melody Northen Ireland July 21, 08 01:18 PM
771.

The close up photos were awesom.

Posted by marge hinton July 21, 08 01:20 PM
772.

Yep, that's what we do, fight fire, save lives, deliver babies.
Heros. Yep, that's what we do!

Posted by Ron Quinlan July 21, 08 01:27 PM
773.

Wow Very nice pictures,

thanks for sharing

Posted by Harry.Jasper July 21, 08 02:02 PM
774.

As a Fire Captain with Cal Fire I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all the out of state fire crews who came here to help us. With 2000 fires burning in our state our local resources, Cal FIre, USFS, OES and fire departments from through out the state were quickly overwhelmed due to the sheer immensity of this disaster. I saw crews from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, Arkansaw, Kansas, well too many to mention but so many that came very long distances. I even saw a crew from Samoa and understand we had crews from Austrilia, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada. Had we not receieved this valuable help these fires could have gotten much larger and the saftey of our crews would have been in even greater jepardy due to exhaustion. These out of state and country firefighters came to our rescue and I just want you all to know we are grateful for your help. I hope we never have to repay due to a disaster in one of your states but should it occur I for one will be one of the first in line to volunteer. Again thanks to all the men and women of these out of state and out of country firefighters for your help, you are also my heros.

Posted by FC Gary July 21, 08 02:52 PM
775.

Amazing photos, living in S. CA we too had the horrific fires a while back from San Diego to the North, about 3400 homes were lost. Winds were unblievable it was a blessing to have the firefighters to save what they were able to. Thanks to the firefighters for their bravery and dangerous work they do. It takes a special person to be a firefighter and they prove that time and time again.

Posted by Carmen Cutting July 21, 08 03:27 PM
776.

I would like to echo #774 comments on the out of state firefighters that came to our aid in this most recent fire siege.

As a fire Captain of 26 years I have just returned from Northern CA where I had the priveledge of serving next to many of these out of state (And out of Country) firefighters and was most amazed at how we all worked together as if we had done this for years. Thank you to all who assisted, you are awesome!!

To the thank you's from all of you.... Understand that like many of you we are all doing what we love to do. The thank you's are most appreciated but truly unnecessary. I think I can speak for all firefighters when I say that this is exactly what we constantly prepare for. The hours, work load, and dirt and grime are treasures to us and we wouldn't have it any other way!!!

To the people who have lost this season.... As many posts have stated, our thoughts and prayers are with you and for you always. We do make time to think about the losses and pains of all of you and that in itself is a driving force for us as well.

Hopefully not to wordy... Just wanted to add my thoughts to this.

Oh, Awesome pictures

Thank you

Posted by FC Hos July 21, 08 06:41 PM
777.

Naver take god for granned.Hebless us all.

Posted by Anonymous July 21, 08 07:02 PM
778.

Seems to me that the photographer was about as brave as the firefighters. Thanks to the firefighters, of course. But thanks also to the photographer for sharing these photos. Awesome. All of them.

Posted by Barb July 21, 08 07:57 PM
779.

My family lives in Paradise California. They were evacuated several times in mid to late June but firefighters kept the flames at bay. We didn't sustain any property loss. Our hearts go out to neighbors close by who were not so lucky. And to all the firefighters that poured out nothing but their very best... we send our heart felt thanks to all of you that worked so hard! Stay safe yourselves!!!

Posted by Erin July 21, 08 09:26 PM
780.

To All of the Public!
Thank You for all your thoughts and prayers keeping all of the firefighters safe and in your hearts!
To All of My Fellow Firefighters:
We all know our jobs and I would just like to take a second and thank all of the ground pounders; hotshots; smokejumpers; and most of all, all the CalFire inmate hand crews and their bosses who have done the most thankless work for all of us in California. Aircraft always get the glamourous shots, but as a Division Supervisor just back from the SHU Lightning Complex, without handcrews none of California's 3000+ fires would be controled! THANK YOU ALL!

Posted by Rick July 21, 08 09:40 PM
781.

To my fellow firefighters on the west coast our prayer here on the east coast are with you keep up the hard fight and stay safe.. We don't hear this enough Thank ou for all you do and your families for all they do to make up for your not being home ..It takes a special person to be a firefighter but also a firefighters other half

Posted by Teresa July 21, 08 11:00 PM
782.

GREAT JOB BY THE FIRE FIGHTERS ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR!!!!! NICE SHOTS BY THE PHOTOGRAPHERS TO SHARE WITH ALL........!!!!!!!!

Posted by MICHAEL D. SCOTT July 21, 08 11:11 PM
783.

Thank you dad for flying on the fires. Please be safe. Our prayers to you and all the firefighters who risk life and limb EVERYDAY for ALL of us. You are all brave and dedicated people. We are all blessed that you fight so hard for all of us.

Posted by Christi July 22, 08 01:05 AM
784.

What a wonderful collection of pictures. Thank you to all the fire fighters, my prayers are with you.

Posted by C. Garrsion July 22, 08 01:49 AM
785.

The photo of the firefighter on the Goleta fire with the burning brush behind him could be my son. He is with the Los Padres Forest and has been working night and day since June. He is my hero. A proud mom.

Posted by Vicki Jones-Pittman July 22, 08 02:06 AM
786.

Many care and take time to share their feelings and prayers.....it is refreshing to see support given to the many hero's that give protection to us when we are in danger.......the pictures really make you feel the HEAT!!

Posted by Jim & Neva Haug July 22, 08 02:52 AM
787.

As the mother of a wildland firefighter I thank all of you for your thanks and prayers. And I would like to suggest a tangible way to say thanks is a donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org. This organization is there to help and support injured wildland firefighters and their families and the families of the fallen. They help with everything from rent & groceries to getting families to the bedside of the injured. Please go to the site and read about the foundation and make a donation if you can.
A wildland firefighter's mom

Posted by Annette July 22, 08 03:29 AM
788.

God Bless ALL the Firefighters and many other support people working on all the fires!!

One of the Firefighters with the City of Fremont Fire Department Engine Companies that were dispatched to the Santa Cruz area blazes learned shortly after their arrival on the fire scene that his home in another fire area had burned to the ground ... but his wife and children had evacuated safely along with their animals.

He was under tremendous stress as he worked with his crew to save other homes until he was able to be relieved to check on his family.

Posted by Royce D., Retired OFD Firefighter July 22, 08 05:08 AM
789.

May God Bless and Keep all the Firefighters safe.

Posted by Helen Ennis July 22, 08 08:12 AM
790.

I can't imagin anything more terrifying. May God hold our Firefighters in the palm of his hand.

Posted by Linda Richardson July 22, 08 02:35 PM
791.

Excellent photos!! You should check spelling of words that unfamiliar to most people who are not local. "Piute" is actually "Paiute" which is the name of an indian tribe native to the northern California, northern Nevada area.

Posted by Denise Reighley July 22, 08 02:43 PM
792.

The pictures are heart-breaking and bring tears to my eyes. I pray for those fighting the fires, and those who have lost their homes.

Posted by Pat Petty July 22, 08 02:50 PM
793.

Fantastic pictures! My heart goes out to those who lost their homes, as well as the families of the fire fighters! They all need our prayers!

Posted by Evy Shaw July 22, 08 04:39 PM
794.

On the battlefield of fire. . . . their courage makes them heroes next to the angels.......
To my son, who is in N. Cal and my husband who just returned home, both wildland firefighters, and all the incredible, hardworking crews, be safe, return home soon. We miss you. god speed

Posted by fire wife of 32 years July 22, 08 05:15 PM
795.

i live in Canada but am truly sorry for everyone involved in those terrible fires in calif, i couldnt imagine being surrounded by fire so extreme, thanks to the firefighters for trying to do their best in such a situation ( you truly are heros) despite what # 73 (jackie) thinks, she needs to get a life),she seems the type that would NEVER offer help to anyone in any kind of turmoil, i feel truly sorry for people like her ( that have no life )..i hope and pray for everyone, the firefighters, the people who have lost homes, the people whose homes are threatened and the poor innocent animals around that area and all who are trying to help out in one way or another..God bless and take care of you!!

Posted by kay July 22, 08 05:36 PM
796.

We live in IL where last night (7/21) we had almost 4 in. of rain. The last week it was almost 5 in. in a 24-hour time span. We wish we could send most of it to CA to help with the fires. We applaud everyone who is trying to help and I am sure God is there and trying, also.

Good luck and please take very special care!!

Posted by Sharon, IL July 22, 08 06:11 PM
797.

My son william is over at the big sur fire. He is with station 38 out of Hollidaysburg,pa . Be safe all of you and come home soon.

Posted by Brenda,pa July 22, 08 08:44 PM
798.

July 23, 2008. Year after year California has these terrible fires, much like the fires we had years ago in Florida. California must initiate controlled burns of underbrush and downed wood fuel to get this situation under control. Lives and property would be saved and there would be fewer and less severe fires plus the carbon footprint would be much smaller. Controlled burns work.

Posted by Tom Kilbourn July 23, 08 10:18 AM
799.

OMG no one can ever imagine the destruction a fire can cause. Thank You to all the Men and Women out there on and behind the firelines! My prayers are with you!

Posted by Cindy Carter July 23, 08 11:41 AM
800.

Only the great are the people who either fight on the ground or in the air, they are the true "HERO'S"
It would appear they are making progress in the fires and we hope they will all be out before long!!

Posted by Dale July 23, 08 02:14 PM
801.

Be safe my little bro. out there fighting " be safe think safe"
pray hard.

Posted by craig July 23, 08 02:24 PM
802.

Thank you TO ALL and may God be with .

Posted by Edith Summerfield July 23, 08 02:43 PM
803.

Our prayers are with all the brave men and women fighting these fires and hopefully they will complete their battle soon and thanks for this great site.

Posted by fred July 23, 08 03:55 PM
804.

wow. thanks for the photos. I wonder how something so evil could be so beautiful
I pray the Lord watches out for all those people involved in the fire fighting and the ones living in the area.

Posted by Linda July 23, 08 07:06 PM
805.

Unbelieveable effort on the part of these brave men and women who are protecting our state .....Kudos and many many thanks to you all...

Posted by Joyce July 23, 08 07:14 PM
806.

It simply amazes me how some people look at a horrific situation
and their first thought is who is to blame!! I'm most happy that so
many asked God's blessings on the people involved, as do I.

Posted by Laura July 23, 08 09:16 PM
807.

I used to live in Cali years ago, bless all of you that are helping.

Posted by leslie July 24, 08 08:00 AM
808.

Thank you TO ALL and may God be with you!

Posted by Max & Peggy July 24, 08 10:35 AM
809.

Regarding comment # 192 You are RIGHT ON!!! ^5 I couldn't have stated it better myself. You are an intelligent person... I wish more people would look at the "whole" picture & have enough sense in their heads to support a solution that would benefit ALL!

Thank YOU!

Posted by Micheline July 24, 08 12:13 PM
810.

810. In Oklahoma every time it rained the rivers and creeks would flood cities, towns and valuable farm and ranch land. People got tired of this flooding and with the Federal and state governments and private property owners contributing their private land to building over thousands of small ponds and lakes damming up ravines and small creeks thus catching the rain water before it floods into the rivers. California may want to take a similar approach by limiting the amount of fire material available. A few airplanes dropping small amounts of fire retardant just does not cut it. Five hundred to a thousand of this nations largest aircraft ready on a volunteer standby scattered around the United States can put out any fire that starts any where in the United States in a single day.

Posted by sambo July 24, 08 01:10 PM
811.

THANKS TO ALL THE GREAT MEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES FIGHTING THESE FIRES, WE HAVE A GREAT COUNTRY AND A BUNCH OF GOOD BRAVE MEN, GOD BLASS

Posted by JOSE July 24, 08 02:46 PM
812.

very cool pictures
as a fire fighter my self worked on maney wild land fires
and out a lot of hourd

Posted by Terry Ireland July 24, 08 05:43 PM
813.

thank you all firefighters i dont care what people say you are all true heros thank you so much for your dedication im just 11 but i can still see that you CAN save the world

Posted by Johnathon Brushwood July 24, 08 06:30 PM
814.

Marvelous photo's ,but so scary, makes me even more thankful of the daily rains we are getting here in Florida.

Posted by sharon hollywood July 24, 08 07:44 PM
815.

After watching the helicopter and air tankers make drops just across the freeway from the Gap Fire, I have only one thing to say about the fire fighters, "They are Awesome." They hit every hot spot with precision and calculation. They protected our city and home of others and my cudos go out to them. Thanks to all. AMEN

Posted by Steve Gonzales July 24, 08 08:12 PM
816.

Having lived in the bay area for 10 years and knowing the fires that can break out at any time i can truly say these photos tell the real story.

I lived in the Bay Area for ten years and must say these photos tell it like it is. God be with our firefighters and take care of the poor people that lossed everything.


Posted by marla fitzgerald July 24, 08 10:38 PM
817.

Everyone say a prayer for our heros and the victims of these fires. Let us learn from this and try to find better ways to take care of mother earth. "Take care of her and she will take care of us, Take care of her not and she will not take care of us!"

Posted by Meteorologist Brian Davis July 25, 08 12:18 AM
818.

Yes, a blessed AMEN to our firefighters protecting special people, their familes and friends... truly, what would we do without one another to protect and serve one another? Stop and say a prayer to the servers that protect each and every one of us.................

Posted by Kathryn winton July 25, 08 12:35 AM
819.

STOP TALKING ABOUT THE PATHETIC ATTENTION SEEKING # **, THIS "PERSON" IS THRIVING ON THE ATTENTION AND YOU ALL ARE JUST FEEDING THE PIG.
MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN A FIREFIGHTER AND IS NOW A CHIEF FOR CDF (NOW CALLED CAL-FIRE) I'D LOVE TO GET AHOLD OF THE IDIOT WHO DESIDED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THIS CA "OUTFIT", CA IS SO BROKE, BUT THEY FOUND THE $$$$$$ TO CHANGE THE NAME ON STATION SIGNS, INFO. DIRECTORIES,TRUCKS, UNIFORMS....(AND SO MUCH MORE). SO, CA LET'S GET MORE IN DEBT AND CONFUSE PEOPLE IN THIS TIME OF ENORMOUS BUDGET CUTS! OH, AND IN "CELEBRATION "MY HUSBAND ,THE CHIEF ,GOT AN EVEN BIGGER, MORE GAS GUZILING 4 -WHEEL DRIVE TRUCK. CHEIF'S DON'T EVEN GO INTO THE ROUGH TERRAIN, THEY STAY DOWN LOW AND GIVE DIRECTIONS. YEARS AGO MY CHILDREN AND I WORRIED ABOUT HIM GETTING BURNED UP, NOW WE WORRY ABOUT HIM HAVING A HEART ATTACK OR FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. (THAT'S WHAT KILLED OUR 25 YEAR OLD NEPHEW 3 YEARS AGO, 14 DAYS ON A FIRE AND RUNNING ON ADRENILIN, BEING FEED GARBAGE! ) HE GOT OFF THE FIRE AND WAS SO RUNDOWN, HE FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. GOD BE WITH YOUR SPIRIT MATT. OUR FAMILY (ESPEASICALLY IS MOM AND DAD) WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, BUT THY SURE GAVE HIM A LOVELY FUNERAL! THEY FEED OUR HEROS GARBAGE (SUGAR AND MORE SUGAR, CANDY, COOKIES, GATTER-AIDE AND GOOD OL' AMERICAN KOOL-AIDE). THEY WORK THEM TO THE GROUND. MY 55 YEAR OLD HUSBAND IS OVER WEIGHT AND HAS HIGH COLESTEROL. PLEASE KNOW THAT OUR FIREFIGHTER'S FAMILY ALSO SUFFER TREMENDOUSLY! THE DIVORCE RATE IS AMONG THE HIGHEST. MY "CHIEF" HAS BEEN ON DUTY FOR 27 DAYS AND THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT. LIKE OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN, THE POWERS THAT BE DON'T THINK TWICE ABOUT "SQEESING WATER FROM A STONE". I LOVE MY HUSBAND, BUT THE EMOTION AL TOLL AFTER 33 YEARS OF MARRIAGE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH TO BEAR. WE HAVE ALL MORE THAN PAID OUR DUES! MY HUSBAND SAYS THAT NOTHING BAD WILL EVER HAPPEN TO HIM, BUT I KNOW BETTER. SAY PRAYERS FOR OUR HEROS, THE VICTIMS AND OUR EARTH BUT PLEASE DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE FAMILIES OF THE HEROS. AGAIN #**,SCR** YOU!

Posted by BRIDGET GANLEY July 25, 08 01:12 AM
820.

Our love goes out to the fire fighters and families they do so much for our state and get no thanks, but this is the way we all are. Hopefully this will change.

Posted by Phil Ayers July 25, 08 04:45 AM
821.

GOD BLESS ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS AND GOD HELP THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST SO MUCH.


TED HANNEGAN GUADALUPE,CA.

Posted by TED HANNEGAN July 25, 08 02:34 PM
822.

god take care of the firefighters, the people that lost everything, and our country.
07-25-08

Posted by marla fitzgerald July 25, 08 03:41 PM
823.

The fires are s-o-o tragic! ...but the photos are absolutely awesome! God bless the firefighters for all of their efforts! My heart goes out to those who have lost so much due to the fires.

Posted by Sharon E. Lesser July 25, 08 04:54 PM
824.

I am from Kelowna, B.C. Canada and about 5 years ago we had a devastating forest fire which ultimately took over 220 homes. Our fire fighters indeed were heroes and many of us put up signs in our front windows which simply said "Thank you to our heroes". The signs were provided by our local newspaper publisher. The churches in the community put on a multi-faith thankfulness and praise church service in our 8000 seat arena which attracted many and paid tribute to the heroes and the volunteers who arranged for accomodation for those who lost everything. My family was evacuated (scary experience) but we were fortunate in being untouched physically.

Posted by Bob Gibson July 25, 08 05:46 PM
825.

GOD BLESS!!! They're all in my prayers....

Posted by Stephanie Stapleton July 25, 08 11:57 PM
826.

I live not far from the Basin Fire now, and In all my years I've never seen anything close to these fires.

Living previously in So.Cal. and living very close to the Azusa, Glendora, Claremont, La Verne, Upland, San Bernardino fires not so long ago, all I can say is we should always make it a point when we see fire fighters at the market, or Starbuck to shake there hands, cause without those men and women I ask, where would we be?

My hat is off to each and all, along with my undying gratitude.

Posted by Dave July 26, 08 02:33 AM
827.

These are really fantastic pictures.

I would love to see pictures of the real Northern California fires where I live. The Black Fire, the Merrile fire, etc... They are continuing to burn out of control.

Posted by Joyce Jones July 26, 08 11:49 AM
828.

Hi im 15 and I live in Gainesville Florida and I am enrolled in an academy and I hope to become a firefighter one day. This academy I am in, if i complete this academy and then the school will send me off to firefighting college and if i pass that then I will become a firefighter and I want to be a Driver/Operator. I was always told that i am a great leader because when I play paintball no one want to lead through the danger zone and I am the one that always steps up and I very rarely get my team mates shot. I hope to serve my country in firefighting and ever since i was in a Jr. Fire Academy, I have always wanted to become a firefighter.

Posted by Trey Davis July 26, 08 07:09 PM
829.

As a teenager I helped fight a sagebrush fire and see a man overrun and burned to death. That image at age 79 has never left me. Thank god for those brave men and women that put there lives on the line to fight these fires. My heart goes out to all of them.

Posted by John R. Ward July 26, 08 08:17 PM
830.

Living in the mountain forests of Western North Carolina our prayers go out to our fellow citizens in California. Where ever you live there are dangers from Mother Nature. Be thankful for the safety you have and thank the Lord, in whatever guise you believe in him, for the continuation of that safety.

Posted by Mark Kovach July 27, 08 07:28 AM
831.

Thank you God, for the men and women of the fire fighting service.

Posted by Dee July 27, 08 11:46 AM
832.

My son "just turned 20 (days ago)" was on the Piute fire. He said they had to "back off" on a line...which means, "get the F"""" out!" As a retired cop, I fear for his and all other firefighters' safety. God Bless them, as California burns.

Posted by Bob Hartshorn July 27, 08 06:48 PM
833.

I live in the western Sierra mountains and my house is surrounded by beautiful forest. I pray there is never fire in these serene mountains but I know if there ever was, these brave men and women would "have my back" and I am forever grateful for that assurance. THANK YOU for all you do!!!!!

Posted by Jodi Parra July 27, 08 10:55 PM
834.

So, W and Arnold came to see the fires. Suit them up and send them out on the fire line.Hey, make tons off $$$$$ and film a reality TV show! "Can YOU survive beening caught in a fire storm?" I mean, the pictures were so "awesome", take it a step furture! I you're really lucky you might get to see people get burned and maybe killed! Cool man...

Posted by JimPalermo July 28, 08 12:37 AM
835.

I don't understand why they're not utilizing the new "Evergreen 747 Supertankers" to fight these devastating fires. These are far more efficient, dropping much larger payloads of water or retardant then present air tankers. These can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvBRWTumoZI

Posted by Dave Dogbreath July 28, 08 02:13 AM
836.

SPEECHLESS! WOW! Incredible photography!.. FIREFIGHTERS ARE AWESOME!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! THAT'S WHAT REAL HEROS LOOK LIKE IN ACTION!

Posted by STEPHEN MATHIES July 28, 08 06:30 AM
837.

I LIVE IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA. HAVING BEEN THROUGH HURRICANE KATRINA, I KNOW HOW PAINFUL AND DEVASTATING NATURAL DISASTERS CAN BE. DON'T KNOW WHICH IS WORSE, FIRE OR WATER, BOTH ARE HORRIBLY DEADLY. HEARTFELT THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO ALL THE BRAVE VOLUNTEERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, MEDICAL, ETC., WHO HAVE PLACED THEIR LIVES IN DANGER FOR THE PROTECTION OF OTHERS. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR SAFETY AS WELL AS THOSE WHO THEY RESCUED; MATERIAL THINGS CAN BE REPLACED. TIME AND PRAYERS HEAL. GOD BLESS!

Posted by JANET GENUSA July 28, 08 11:49 AM
838.

California be the phoenix! God bless you!

Posted by Donna Henry July 28, 08 03:55 PM
839.

no fighting now kids !!! everyone knows FIREFIGHTERS ROCK !!! the woods used to burn every summer til the rains...the main problem now is that there are way too many people...thank you for not breeding n adding to the problem...THANK YOU FOR SAVING ORR HOT SPRINGS outside of Ukiah CA - its our gem...

Posted by Gael Kreider July 28, 08 05:32 PM
840.

These photos are fabulous, It's crazy how there is art in everything. I understand the danger for the fire fighters , and don't mean to take away from that. Being drawn to danger I think is a human trait. Everyone stay safe and God Bless

Posted by Terry Burns July 28, 08 08:04 PM
841.

I'm married to a HERO, danger? Adrenilin? All that over time? Who knows, he doesn't say much when he comes home...eats, sleeps...He forgot that OH YEAH,I HAVE A WIFE, OH AND KIDS TOO. So when we get the divorce will we get a discount from the state of CA? Will there be support groups for the "HERO " WIDOWS and WIDOWERS? WIIL THE KIDS HAVE A SPECIAL SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS OF HEROS? Got to go put the children to bed, then I'm fixing a drink!

Posted by Margarita Ville July 28, 08 11:50 PM
842.

The photo's are beautiful but what is more amazing are the brave men & women fighting these fires, they ceryainly need our prayers. If the fires were deliberately started by humans they should be punished to the highest intent.

Posted by Vi Lea Kraft July 29, 08 12:06 AM
843.

We have aweful bush fires in Australia, yearly, which takes the lives of precious animals and people at times. It's a crime one cannot describe when we know that many of these fires are deliberately started. Thanks to all those who help control these tragic situations. May the people who have fun starting the fires grow up some day and do something good for their community.

Posted by josie onufryk July 29, 08 02:56 AM
844.

I have a grandson fighting these fires and I pray and hope they get them all out fast. His dad is a Forester and he is following him in the Forest Service. I think the pictures were great and we pray for their safety every day. These men are the real Heros.

Posted by Gerald Bergstrom July 29, 08 06:23 PM
845.

wow

Posted by Anonymous July 29, 08 08:49 PM
846.

That is a very devastating situation which takes a very long time to get and position personnel, equipment and supplies to be able to combat the spreading inferno. I commend the personnel whose job it is to take on situations like this and the volunteers who give their undaunted effort in fighting these fires. May God look over these people and their families, friends and any others who are involved in ending this fearful catastrophe. May he also look after and bring help to those who have lost family, friends, homes and any other loss.

Posted by John F. July 29, 08 11:49 PM
847.

Is there anything more frightening than a fire! To be surrounded by a bush fire must be the most terrifying experience! God bless and keep those brave men and women who are fighting the California fires and comfort and provide for those families who have lost literally everything...... but their lives! Thank God for that mercy!

Posted by Valerie Parkin July 30, 08 12:52 AM
848.

The Bravest of the Brave.....our firefighters! God Bless Them

Posted by Leigh July 30, 08 05:21 PM
849.

GOD BLESS all of you fire fighters that are working tirelessly trying to save Calif. I can't imagine the extent of damage, and I too live in the Western Sierras and fire season hasnt even started. My heart goes out to the family who lost their son/husband in Washington. Also to all of the people who lost everything.

Posted by Renee Beaubien July 30, 08 07:51 PM
850.

#73 Kudos, you're right on track.

Posted by snoop July 31, 08 11:47 AM
851.

Awesome but heartbreakimg

Posted by Barbara Lorance July 31, 08 12:49 PM
852.

I live in the Prague/Czech republic -very far from California.But my dauther lives here and had a possibility in this May to visit Big Sur and the beautiful natur around. I am very sorry with all peoples livig here an the firefighters have my deepest admiration and respect. God bless them...

Posted by Lenka Rajtorova July 31, 08 07:15 PM
853.


From the present safety of Escondido, Mary and I support all the wonderful efforts being provided by all Fire agencies, and especially fire-fighting crews in the horrendous scenes on this Big Picture of northern fires in our State. We pray for the safety of all crews in these dangerous fire zones.

Posted by Rev. Dr. and Mrs. E. Christofferson August 1, 08 02:48 PM
854.

Brave .... Courageous ... Hero's . . . thank you .... everyone of you ...
both men and women. I lived through a wild fire in Ventura County
in the 70's ... and I have a great deal of respect for what you all
have done. G o d B l e s s ......

Posted by Barry Valentine August 1, 08 04:55 PM
855.

What a set of tremendious shots it is great to see the air strike planes and choppers which are available over there in the us. I am a firefighter in south Australia and have been to bushfires over here.Al the best to all firefighters come home safely.

Posted by John Hoskins Australia August 1, 08 10:41 PM
856.

I thought smoking was banned in California????

Posted by Buzz McCabe August 2, 08 08:27 PM
857.

My son, Jess, maps these fires for the Forrest Service and he put a link to these photos on his blog, Burning Pixals. These are spectacular photos, and I am alomost frieghtened by the power of the fire. Thanks to Jess, and to the great photographers!

Posted by Jim Clark August 3, 08 12:54 AM
858.

wow!

Posted by bob August 3, 08 07:38 PM
859.

IF ONLY WE HONORED OUR MILITARY HEROS AS MUCH AS OUR FIREFIGHTERS!

Posted by KATHRYN August 4, 08 01:06 AM
860.

My heart goes out to all our firefighter heroes and their heroic wives and their heroic parents and their heroic children. Our firefighters risk their lives and the welfare of their own families to be on the line for us. Support your local fire department. Call to see what you can do to help.

Here is my prayer for our firefighters and their families:

Father in Heaven. We are greatful for the rain that has helped so much. Please bring more. Please bless all our firefighters and their families with thy love. Keep them in thy watchful care. Bring them safely together again. Comfort those familes that have lost loved ones and or have lost homes and all they have. Help us that have been spared to find ways to help them in return and make us worthy recipients of their diligent and courageous efforts. Thank you Father. We love you. In the sacred name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Posted by Tom Lystrup - CA resident August 4, 08 11:22 AM
861.

wow i had no idea that the fires would get this bad and i thank alll of the men and women who fight fires every day i hope all of you keep those people who are figting those fires in your prayrs that those people stay safe and to give them their stranth every day and to keep hope that the fires will die away

Posted by Beth champion August 4, 08 03:41 PM
862.

Very nice pictures, WOW. I am glad that these guys are doing a good job in the profession that they have chosen to do. That is why they make the money they are paid. My Grandson wants to be a firefighter, when he grows up. I told him it is a good paying job with a great retirement that is paid for by the Taxpayers. So I hope the firefighters never forget that they are making a good living paid for by the taxpayers and they are doing a good job for the money, which should be expected of all Civil Servants. If the Teachers of Calif. want to make money like firefighters, they need to have the work ethic like fighters have and perform like firefighters as well. Teachers always have excuses as to why they can't get the job done. "Firefighters Just Get It Done". So teachers get it done or go fight fires and stop complaining about not being paid enough.

Posted by Steve August 4, 08 05:04 PM
863.

These fires are often started deliberately. They're kept going because "fighters" are only paid when they are "fighting" fires. The term "fuel" (which used to refer to undergrowth and dead limbs) is now used by such people to refer to the trees themselves. These endless, deliberately set fires will never stop happening until the U.S. creates a "Fire Service" with members paid a monthly salary. When not fighting fires, members would be maintaining equipment and training. I've been breathing the smoke from these fires for two months now and I'm sick and tired of this problem. It's just like during the fires of 2002 when the entire (500,000 acres) Kalmiopsis wilderness area was allowed to burn to the ground.

Posted by John August 5, 08 05:16 AM
864.

My brother - Laine Meyer - was a fire fighter in the summers. That is how he got thru college. I have every respect for these men and God Bless Them!!!

Posted by Cinda Canine August 5, 08 08:50 PM
865.

Many thanks to all those firefighters who risk their lives. They are in my prayers.

Posted by Patricia Winston August 6, 08 03:42 PM
866.

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL, SERENE LOCATION. HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF LIVING THERE FOR TOO SHORT OF TIME, BIG SUR, CARMEL ETC. WHAT A HEARTBREAK TO SEE THAT DEVESTATION. GOD BLESS THOSE THAT LIVE THERE, FIGHT THE FIGHT LIKE THE FIREFIGHTERS ALWAYS DO AND OUR COUNTRY. WHO SEEMS LIKE WE CAN'T GET A BREAK ANYWHERE.

Posted by ALISON August 6, 08 07:11 PM
867.

My husband is a Captain for our fire dept. in El Dorado, Ar. My heart felt well wishes goes out to all the fire fighters who are fighting this raging fire. God be with all of them as well as the homeowners who are losing their homes.

Posted by Linda C Bates August 7, 08 01:52 AM
868.

Your pic's are great. My husband just left Ohio to help with the fires in California. He has saved his vacation time from his full time job to be able to help 2 weeks or more during the peak fire season. #73 is totally off base. The men and women who help to save the many acers of land and homes should be honored and thanked.
The many wives,Mothers, Fathers Siblings, children and other family and friends who are left at home to pray for each and everyone who is in need of extra help.
My husband has done this for approx. 27 years and I still worry about him even though he has extensive experience with fires and forests

Posted by Rita Baughman August 7, 08 02:54 PM
869.

#73 you are out of line. You need to pick up a shovel, leave your family, work days on end, feel the heat and drag your sorry A$$ up hill when you've run out of water, all the while running from the beast that has no feeling. You couldn't pack their heavy gear on a good day in that smoke filled enviorment.
The recent helo crash with so many "Heros" on board should make you rethink your heartless comments.
Quote from # 794 "On the battlefield of fire. . . . their courage makes them heroes next to the angels......." You got it right.

Posted by Don Meyers August 7, 08 04:07 PM
870.

These pictures are just amazing! How can something so devistatingly tragic be so beautiful??. God be with all the fire fighters. We can smell the smoke here in San Francisco.

Posted by Louise August 7, 08 11:18 PM
871.

This is a tragic time and god bless all you firefighters helping. From all the way in New Jersey... I really pray all people in California stay safe. We should all pray for the fires to stop, and all to be safe and healthy.

Posted by Michelle August 9, 08 10:33 AM
872.

These fires have been going on for millinia. Why do people choose to live in these fire-prone areas - just for the view? Our prayers go the FIREFIGHTERS defending these expensive houses with their lives on the line.

Posted by Mary A. Reiser August 9, 08 06:07 PM
873.

God Bless the firefighters in this country. One can never question their service.

Posted by M. Gadway August 11, 08 06:12 PM
874.

Here I am in Centralia Kansas, looking at the fires in California and thinking, God made special people to fight fires. Looking for a glimpse of my son, who is a wildland firefighter and thinking how proud I am of him, and pray that God is with all of them keeping them safe. There service is underestimated as they give of themselves to help others. The pictures are amazing.

Posted by Anita Deters August 11, 08 07:27 PM
875.

Amazing... the more the deadlyer... hope they make it.

Posted by Stephen August 12, 08 04:31 PM
876.

I'm a mother whose son is in California fighting the fires. He is another of the many firefighter who spends his 2 weeks vacation in harm's way. God willing, he will come home safely in a few days. I pray for him and all the firefighters who are so devoted and willing to give of their time to help others. God bless them all!

Posted by Pat in Pennsylvania August 14, 08 04:03 PM
877.

those are some prity

Posted by Anonymous August 16, 08 01:30 AM
878.

Absolutely awesome pictures yet heart breaking for the men and women and their families for the danger they are all going thru may God shower them with his love and protect them and keep them all from harms way. Thank you all for all for the love and support you give to mankind.........I Bid You Gods Speed

Posted by Danette in Washington August 16, 08 07:15 PM
879.

Absolutely awesome pictures yet heart breaking for the men and women and their families for the danger they are all going thru may God shower them with his love and protect them and keep them all from harms way. Thank you all for all for the love and support you give to mankind.........I Bid You Gods Speed

Posted by Danette in Washington August 17, 08 12:52 AM
880.

I live in NC but I drove through Goleta on July 2nd, while these fires were burning and there was ash falling from the sky like snow. You couldnt see that sun bc the smoke covered up the sun thats how thick the smoke was. I was visiting a friend of mine who was on lunch break from fighting the fires, poor thing she was so exhausted. They had been battling the fire for days already and wasn't even 50% contained yet...

Posted by Chad August 23, 08 09:27 AM
881.

I think the photographs and courage of you Americans show are second to none around the world. We, down in New Zealand, don't experience this sort of ecological disaster.
My heart goes out to all the fire fighters in your country and the biggest ataboy and heartfelt gratifications go out to the men, woman and teens currently protecting the world, (us included) from terrorism and war.
Our country at most is behind you and supports you in mind, body and soul. Unfortunately we don't have a realistic government that would improove our military so we could help more.................
Remember it is the same in our little country as it is in most.......vocal minority always beats the quiet majority.......
We don't see or hear enough of you......These pics came via a friend so good luck one and all you brave souls......Fire...paramedical......military......Im a true blue kiwi with my wife and 9 kids thinking of you all. (Henry Family )

Posted by Wayne Henry Auckland New Zealand August 24, 08 09:02 AM
882.

To all the men and women who risked their lives to preserve ours, our homes, and communities. My Aunt and Uncle live in Mendocino County, a lovely place that always takes away my worries and pain when I visit. Unfortunately, it has been a site for some of the worst fires this year. Just the other day, on their way home to Booneville from Ukiah, they met a water tank trucker who said they may not make it home, but not to worry, their A-Frame cabin was safe. The fire came within a hundred yards of their beautiful, rustic home next to the Navarro River. They lost a few grand trees that were burning from the inside out, but their home was saved. The firefighters were there until late at night, cutting up the trees and hosing them down to make sure the fire didn't flare back up.
I'm in the process of painting a picture; I wasn't sure where it was going to go at first, but it seems to want me to tell the tale of the fires that ravaged our state this year. When it's done, I'll dedicate it to everyone that fought to keep us safe. Thank you.

Posted by Holly Schleper August 26, 08 02:49 AM
883.

God Bless to all firefighters!!!

Posted by Carlito P.Cruz August 28, 08 08:18 AM
884.

863. You have got to be joking, or are you really that stupid? Obviously you haven't ever tried to even put out a camp fire.

Posted by Monica September 7, 08 03:58 PM
885.

Spent two (2) tours in Vietnam, and thirty-four years fighting fires, from Minnesota to the West Coast.

Both took about 1/3 courage, 1/3 training, and,,, 1/3 stupidity!!!

Stay safe, BROTHERS!!!

Posted by Fritz Seidel September 7, 08 04:46 PM
886.

I have been with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for over 33 years, mostly in the Sierra Nevada's of Central CA. If a fire is intentionally set it is either by an arsonist or some foolish Forest visitor. Fire Fighters set "Back Fires" as a tool in fighting a fire only under the direction of the Fire Bosses ("Overhead"). Back Fires are set after fire weather, topography, fuels and projected behavior are considered. There are times that unplanned "Back Fires" are necessitated because of Fire threats to crew safety or to protect resources due to changes in weather, fire bahavior etc. This is not done without considering the "Back Fire" your setting to protect one crew might put another crew in jeopardy. "Back Fires" are not set on a "whim" to play with the "drip torch" or play with the Berrie (sp) pistol. As per # 863 comments, USFS firefighters are either permanent or seasonal employees who get paid a hourly wage whether fighting fire or not. They will earn "hazard pay" (25% extra) in a fire situation and overtime for shifts of over 8 hours in a day. These are our Sons and Daughters at their unselfish best caring for others and the resouces of the Nation! (everything isn't always about Money!!)

Posted by Jim Behm September 15, 08 03:10 PM
887.

What `would we do without these brave men and women. Are hearts and thanks are out to them.

Posted by Raslph Mainock September 23, 08 03:38 AM
888.

Stop this insane GOD talk you freaks

Posted by w September 23, 08 09:21 AM
889.

Icreilbles fotos, si aqui en españa contasemoss con la mitad de medios que en este pais, no pasaria lo q pasa. saludos, bombero almeria

Posted by fran rivas October 9, 08 12:50 PM
890.

great brief info and pictures but i was wondering where i could find more accurate information...let me know...

Posted by cece October 20, 08 01:43 PM
891.

Well I live in scotland , U.K. , But i feel truly sorry, and why cant Bush just draft in more firefighters and why cant the fire brigades use hard suction pumps from the sea to get extra water in ?

Posted by josh October 22, 08 12:06 PM
892.

The pictures are amazing! But the sad reality of it all is that homes are being lost, lives are being destroyed... and there is only so much our boys can do. To many of you they may not seem like hero's. It may appear that these men and women are simply doing their jobs. But to the families of those fighting these raging blazes they are hero's, to the people whose property and livelihoods they are risking their lives for, they are hero's. And yes, God does need to be with them. I challenge all of you who think they are not hero's to go in and do what they do... and make it out alive! You'd be lucky to survive an hour! You ignorant a**holes are the ones God needs to be with.

Posted by wildland firefighters wife October 26, 08 12:06 PM
893.

i cannot do anything but i pray god gives strength and power to those who help there really difficult but god everywhere.in the form of others those help u .

Posted by surbhi saini November 11, 08 03:17 AM
894.

You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Toni Gauf November 16, 08 07:34 PM
895.

Unbelievable courage and bravery, thank you for all you do

Posted by Josh Gurewtz, San Ramon CA November 17, 08 02:15 AM
896.

we can send people to the moon and objects to mars and even build a space station to monitor the ravage fires here on earth. WHY cant we get the people who live here the simply education they need to save their lives and property. God Bless all who are helping and God will protect you all. I know why budget cuts and the fire and life safety educator is the first position to go. We should not be spending all the monies on the aftermath when we can prevent some of the tragidies that are occuring. Doubtful anyone will read this but I have said my true statements.

Posted by Jack November 19, 08 09:28 AM
897.

God bless what they are doing. I wish them luck

Posted by Stroudle November 19, 08 07:46 PM
898.

Wow, now I know why Califonia is so warm during the winter! Glad I live where there's nothing but love here in the city of Philadelphia. One of the top murder rates in the country....

Let's see fire or guns shots... Hmmm..... maybe I should move to the middle states....

Posted by 357 December 2, 08 01:40 PM
899.

#893 u r wrong everybody can do something. no matter what it is u can do it.

im doing a report on forest fires and i came up with a solution. thats how i helped.
every1 in cali and all around the world please keep up the good work and come back safely this month. thats not much coming from a 12 year old but u still neede some more love than u have.

Posted by cam December 4, 08 05:56 PM
900.

California i love you so much be safe an god look out for all of California and be careful firefighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Hope December 12, 08 11:05 PM
901.

I Know God is with those firefighters when their fighting a fire or having a cup of coffee.
Thanks to the photographer. You are also a very special person. You also have someone in you're corner.

Posted by Janet March 9, 09 09:47 AM
902.

Thank you for helping California from dangerous fires.

Posted by danielle March 27, 09 12:51 PM
903.

Awsome. Those guys are something specal

Posted by Christine Stempien May 11, 09 08:50 AM
904.

hahaha #11, typically American: "If we can't extinguish it, shoot at it!!

Posted by The Dutch guy May 20, 09 06:19 AM
905.

wow thats very sad

Posted by Kristen May 28, 09 01:54 PM
906.

bless all the fire fighters who risk there lives to try and save so much. You are truely heros...

Posted by Diana July 12, 09 12:19 AM
907.

thankyou all those fire fighters who are risking there lives for us.God bless those who shell risk there lives for us.God bless them so they don't die.Some may not be friends or familly but yet we shell still care for them.

Posted by Gabriel Caldera September 3, 09 07:44 PM
908.

I LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE WINDBAG CALFIRE CHIEFS WIFE AGAIN. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR YOUR HUSBAND, HE'S SO OVER WORKED!!! , THEN HE HAS TO COME HOME TO A GAS BAG.. great pics though, keep forest fires green

Posted by mr green pants September 8, 09 12:41 AM
909.

I feel realy sorry for all the big fires going on and people loosing there homes

Posted by Anonymous September 12, 09 04:38 PM
910.

awsome pics. hey i do wonder though.if arnold can do all those amazing things in Terminator, why cant he put out some fires? lol No, realy god be with those who put their lives at risk to try and save whats left of California.

Posted by Andrew Cowart October 26, 09 10:50 AM
911.

Hello! bcekaag interesting bcekaag site!

Posted by Pharmc439 May 4, 10 10:13 PM
912.

I have a idea to controll '' bigest forest fire '' in any where ,,,realy this plan can controll '' huge forest fire ...save forest.

Posted by sharif May 19, 10 06:05 AM
913.

Thanks so much

Posted by nathaniel tollman May 28, 10 11:07 PM
914.

it sucks

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