Cutca Fire burns on Mt. Palomar in southern California

Cutca Fire air attackThe Cutca Fire has burned 200 acres since it was reported at 4:00 pm Friday July 24. Firefighters on the ground and in the air have been holding it to that size since Friday night. It is in steep, inaccessible terrain east of Cutca Valley and south of Long Canyon, 2 miles north of the Palomar Observatory in the Cleveland National Forest.

Before nightfall on Friday, two hotshot crews flew in by helicopter and worked through the night. Supported by the night flying water-dropping helicopter from the Angeles National Forest the crews were able to make good progress fighting the fire by using direct attack.

No structures, including the Palomar Observatory with the 200-inch telescope, are currently threatened and no evacuations are occurring.

These photos were taken Friday by Air Attack working the fire.

Cutca Fire air attack
A P2V drops on the Cutca Fire.
Cutca Fire air attack
An Air Crane drops on the Cutca Fire.
Cutca Fire air attack
An S-2T supports firefighters on the ground.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Cutca Fire burns on Mt. Palomar in southern California”

  1. Need name of Air Attack human for photo credit and appropriate high fives there. Incredible photo !!


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