Fire in Simi behind our house
October 25 & 26 2003

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Fire in the distance on the morning of October 25
 
 
 
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Looking North down the street.
We were gone most of the day,
and this is what we came home to.

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Our house with the sun shining through the smoke at sundown
This is not as bad as is looks
The fire was about 5 miles away in Moorpark

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Fire in Moorpark from the back yard
 
 
 
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Looking over the back fence
 
 
 
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A helicopter going for a water drop on the fire in Moorpark
 
 
 
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The next Morning, October 26
The fire is getting closer
 
 
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By noon there was lots of smoke
 
 
 
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Getting closer
 
 
 
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Helicopter to the rescue
 
 
 
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The next morning, October 27
Everything is under control on the West side of Simi,
but the fire is still going on the East side

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The Rusrtic Fire in Simi - over the hill in Wood Ranch
August 14, 2015

The Rusrtic fire was reported today August 14, 2015 just after 3:30 pm PST.
LA County Sheriff’s reports the fire’s location as “Moorpark Simi Valley near
Rustic Hills golf course Wood Ranch in Ventura County.”

This one was over in just a few hours and never made it close to our house.
The pictures were taken from my driveway looking across the street.

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The Princeton fire in Simi - over the hill in Moorpark
November 7, 2015

As of 3 p.m., the Princeton fire, so named because it began near the Princeton
Avenue overpass of the 118 Freeway in Moorpark, was estimated at about 50 acres,
with a northeast wind pushing the blaze to the southwest.
It was parallel to the 118 freeway along West Los Angeles Avenue from Madera Road in Simi Valley to Moorpark.

A Firehawk helicopter with a specialized crew of wildfire firefighters from
the Los Angeles County Fire Department, have been called in to assist VCFD battle the fire.

This one was over in just a few hours and never made it close to our house.

However, there was a lot of air traffic for the better part of two hours.

We saw multiple helicopters, multiple Air Tankers, two Super Scoopers and a multitude of other aircraft.
They apparently were getting water from the Bard Lake reservoir which is on a direct line
between the reservoir and the fire. That made a lot of them fly directly over our house.

The thing that really impressed me today was the amount of air support they put on these fires.
I see this all the time on TV but it is not as impressive there as it was here today.

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Helicopters returning with a load of water

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Super Scoopers coming in over our house

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An Air Tanker disappearing behind the hill then back in sight after dropping its load on the fire

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Air Tanker flying over our house

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