Air tankers protecting Santiago Peak during the Holy Fire

air tanker Santiago Peak Holy Fire MD-87

There are millions of dollars worth of electronic equipment on Santiago Peak, which I believe is the highest point in the Santa Ana Mountains in Southern California. The sites serve as transmitters for radio and TV stations, repeaters for emergency management agencies, and private radio systems. On August 8 there was quite an air show working to protect the site as the Holy Fire burned nearby. The live camera operated by HPWREN streamed live on YouTube and I took the opportunity to obtain some screen grabs. The aircraft you will see include an MD-87 and an S2T. Then below there is a shot of the 747 at Santiago Peak taken by Evver G Photography.

The DC-10 made some drops in this area too but while I was watching it was mostly out of the camera frame. One of its passes left retardant on the camera lens.

(To see all articles about the Holy Fire on Wildfire Today, including the most recent, click HERE.)

MD-87 air tanker Santiago Peak Holy Fire S2T air tanker Santiago Peak Holy Fire

S2T air tanker Santiago Peak Holy Fire
An S2T drops to help protect Santiago Peak on the Holy Fire, August 8, 2018. Image from HPWREN camera.

S2T air tanker Santiago Peak Holy Fire

747 drops Santiago Peak Holy fire
The 747 drops near Santiago Peak on August 8, 2018 on the Holy Fire. Credit: Evver G. Photography

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