…there is a large wildfire burning in the mountains about 60 miles east of where I live.  Unlike some wildfires in California, this one is threatening property and homes, therefore a lot of resources are going into fighting it.  According to this story, as of 3:00 PM PDT the fire has reached over 18,000 acres and there are approximately 2,500 men fighting it.

There are at least 5 air tankers flying out of McClellan Field whose flight paths take them directly over my house.  One of these is the largest air tanker there is, the DC-10.  The others, as near as I can tell, are a pair of  BAe 146s and a Lockheed P-2V and at least one C-130.  I will update periodically with photos, if I can get them.  By the time I hear ’em coming and get outside with the camera, they’re gone.

Update – got a couple pictures.  Photos taken 9/18/14 (click on photo to enlarge – a LOT) :

DC-10 Number 912

DC-10 Number 912

 

BAe-146 (Neptune Inc.)

BAe-146 (Neptune Inc.)

 

 

Cross posted at Men Out of Work Blog