Tanker

Ronald Hannah

Big Bear Lake, United States

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ALL proceeds from sales of this image will be cheerfully and gratefully donated to the Mt. Baldy Fire Dept.

Please visit the Department’s website for information, photos and more. Click or tap the link below:
Mt. Baldy Volunteer Fire Department

High Summer in Southern California means high risk of wildfire on the mountain. All it takes is one idiot flicking a cigarette out the car window . . .

The ALL VOLUNTEER Mt. Baldy Fire Dept. (comprised of local residents for the most part) is always at the ready to protect the 1,000 or so residents and countless visitors from the ever-present danger of fire. Early, prompt response is key, so is a high-level of organization and cooperation with the Angeles National Forest.

I was heading up the mountain from an unavoidable excursion into “civilization” and noted seeing one of the ladder trucks heading down to the station I had passed about a mile behind me. I rounded a curve and saw this tanker parked on the roadside. I pulled over, grabbed the camera and approached the 2 Firefighters on hand to ask permission to shoot the tanker truck. When I was finished, I asked if everything was OK. They told me someone reported seeing smoke coming from deeper into the mountain range, but it may have been thunder clouds that pile miles high into the air over the desert north of the mountain range. These clouds are many many miles away, but sometimes they move over the range. They are silver-lined gray clouds that could look like smoke to an untrained or inexperienced eye.

Baldy Fire takes no report lightly, so they checked it out.

Everything was OK. And everyone up here can breathe a little easier knowing that the Dept. is prepared to respond.

Nikon D60
52mm
very slightly cropped
minimal processing

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