November 16, 2009
By Mr. Daniel K Carpenter (Presidio)
Multi-jurisdictional command and control personnel monitor the progress of the prescribed burn at the former Fort Ord firing ranges.
Local news media observe and document the prescribed burn from a safe overwatch, supervised by Lyle Shurtleff, Fort Ord BRAC Office.
One of the contract helicopters lays a stream of ignition fuel onto the vegetation to burn it.
One of the contract helicopters ignites additional vegetation as the fire consumes acres of vegetation behind it.
Two ignition helicopters add fuel to the fire on both sides of the burn unit.
One of the suppression helicopters dumps its load of water to put out a section of fire that was over the unit border.
The sun takes on a different hue late in the morning as the burn blots out the sky for those in the area of the fire.
The plume from the prescribed burn viewed several miles away from the Presidio of Monterey.