3:45 PM - The bombers start circling heavily above East Fork. We start thinking about getting ready for a possible evacuation. I strung several hoses and sprinklers onto the cedar shake roof and began taking photos.
Smoke cloud and retardant bomber above Greenhorn Gulch.
4:04 PM - After several passes the big bombers finally were able to drop. I missed the phot but they came roaring out of the bottom of the canyon directly over East Fork.
Big retardant bomber just moments before it blew an engine almost directly overhead.
4:14 PM - Flames become visible below Pt 7315 on the south side of Greenhorn Gulch.
4:26 PM - Crown fire in the dense trees
More crown fire in the north-facing timber on the south side of Greenhorn Gulch.
4:29 PM flames and smoke in Greeenhorn Gulch.
If the winds shifted a bit, the smoke darkened the mouth of the Greenhorn gulch.
Helicopter hoveing above Greenhorn Gulch.
Busy airspace. Incredible job of coordination of several aircraft in a tight canyon. Mouth of Greenhorn Gulch.
Helicopter and flames, greenhorn gulch.
A helicopter hovers over the Big Wood River at the mouth of Greenhorn Gulch.
Retardant bomber and smoke.
Smoky helicopter drop, Greenhorn Gulch.
Heli #793 banks a turn in between two mountain ridges.
5:30 PM - more bomber loops above the fire.
The afternoon sun obscured by the smoke column rising from Greenhorn Gulch.
This made it a bit more clear to the kids why we might have to pack some clothes and head out. Though I don't think they really understood the concept of "evacuation."
Retardant bomber above greenhorn gulch.
Impressive crown fire, greenhorn gulch.
100-foot columns of fire.
helicopter and smoek
Retardant bomber and smoke cloud
helicopter and smoke
Awesome aerial bombardment. I think the little guy on the bottom right is the spotter/lead plan.
5:43 PM - hovering mosquitos
Kind of blurry, but it tells a story.
5:45 PM fire races to the top of Timber Gulch ridge on the north side of Greenhorn Gulch.