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Wildfires plagued the mountains and hills forming the Los Angeles basin. Evening skies took on an eerie orange glow and mornings often revealed layer of coarse ash on buildings and parked vehicles. As I topped Sepulveda Pass, northbound on the 405, I noticed a plume of smoke from behind the distant mountains before me. I crossed the San Fernando Valley and exited onto California 14 toward Lancaster. The smoke got nearer so I took an exit to see how close I could get without hampering fire-fighting operations. I was primarily interested in finding the staging area where the many helicopters were basing out of. Some of them may or may not be from previous companies that I had worked for.
The two-lane road wound past countless ranches and country homes. I eventually stopped where the L.A. County Sheriff had the road blocked off. A dozen or more fire crews, ambulances, and firefighting equipment stood by as helicopters buzzed the sky making water drops about a mile away. Scattered fingers of white smoke crept the remote and rugged hillsides. Fortunately the wind remained calm and the fires appeared under control. I got back on 14 and continued on to Lancaster.