I posted a few days ago about the air tanker traffic from McClellan Field (scroll down) that has been passing over my house due to the King fire burning east of here.  I saw this video of a DC-10 air drop and thought I would share.

From what I can tell this is not a drop on the King fire, but a drop on the Silverado Canyon fire in Orange County (SoCal).  This time of year there are often several fires burning in California;  I think there are three or four burning right now, it’s just that the King fire is in my “neighborhood”.

FYI as of today the King fire is 81,000 acres in size, and some 12,000 buildings are threatened.  It is burning in the El Dorado National Forest, but in areas where there are many summer cabins.  The cause of the fire has been determined to be arson.  A suspect has been arrested and arraigned.

From Sacbee.com:

The fire is threatening a key University of California, Berkeley research station that is home to scores of experiments on trees, plants and other wildlife. It is also threatening hydroelectric facilities and power lines that deliver water and electricity to the Sacramento region and some treasured Sierra Nevada recreations areas, the Bee reported. Some power stations and lines either burned or were shut down as a precaution, cutting off energy from three utility agencies’ hydroelectric reservoirs.

The man suspected of setting the fire, Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, pleaded not guilty to an arson charge Friday in El Dorado County Superior Court. He was being held on $10 million bail.